H-II Transfer Vehicle 'KOUNOTORI 4' (HTV4)

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Schedules of departure from the International Space Station (ISS) and of re-entry to the atmosphere for the H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI 4” (HTV4) are determined as follows:

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Watch Japanese Cargo Ship Leave International Space Station

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) has flown three previous missions to the International Space Station. Today’s launch marks its fourth flight. Image Credit: JAXA

NASA Television will air live the departure of a Japanese cargo ship from the International Space Station at noon Wednesday, Sept. 4.

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Launch Cancellation of Epsilon-1 with SPRINT-A Onboard

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cancelled today’s launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard from the Uchinoura Space Center, because an automatic stop alarm was issued as an attitude abnormality was detected approximately 19 seconds prior […]

First Flight of Japanese 'Artificial Intelligence' Rocket Set for Tuesday

The SPRINT-A satellite undergoes final checkout, ahead of its scheduled launch aboard the first Epsilon rocket. Photo Credit: JAXA/ISAS

More than five decades of rocketry from Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture will continue on Tuesday, 27 August with the maiden voyage of the new Epsilon vehicle to insert an ultraviolet observatory into low-Earth orbit to observe […]

Second test of D-SEND#2 postponed

Image Credit: Yusuke Naka, JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today announced that the first drop test conducted as part of its second phase of the “Drop test for Simplified Evaluation of Non-symmetrically Distributed sonic boom” (D-SEND#2) at the Esrange Space Center, Sweden, on August 16th, 2013 (Sweden Standard Time), was unsuccessful.

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The World's First Achievement of Microwave Electric-Field Measurement Utilizing Optical Fiber, Within an Ion Engine

HayabusaImage Credit: JAXA

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, CEO: Hiroo Unoura, Tokyo) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, President: Naoki Okumura) have achieved the world’s first microwave electric-field measurement with the newly developed optical electric-field sensor based on an optical fiber (fiber-optic EO probe*1) in plasma inside a microwave discharge ion engine*2 for use […]

Media Invited to Meet Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Next Station Crew

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NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and two crewmates who are scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in November will conduct a news conference and be available for news interviews and social media opportunities Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Launch Postponement and Launch Time Change for Epsilon Launch Vehicle with SPRINT-A onboard

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard to August 27, 2013, from the Uchinoura Space Center as JAXA has taken extra time to rectify the incompatibility* found […]

Japan's HTV-4 Cargo Ship Arrives Safely at Space Station

After almost six days in free flight, Japan’s HTV-4 Kounotori (“White Stork”) is berthed at the nadir port of the ISS Harmony node. Photo Credit: NASA

Six days after its screaming launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, the fourth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-4) has arrived safely at the International Space Station, […]

NASA TV Coverage Set for Japanese Cargo Ship Destined for Space Station

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The launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station and its arrival at the orbiting laboratory will be broadcast on NASA Television Aug. 3 and Aug. 9.

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