SNC Teams Up with Japan's Space Agency to Further Dream Chaser's Development and Potential

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle is towed across the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for tow tests on a Dryden taxiway. The tow tests were part of ground tests in preparation for captive-carry and free-flight tests last year at NASA Dryden. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken […]

GPM Core Observatory Rockets Into Orbit on Mission to Monitor Global Precipitation

The joint NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Centre, atop a H-IIA vehicle. Photo Credit: JAXA, with thanks to Mike Barrett

One of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles—the Japanese H-IIA—has further cemented its credentials by delivering an ambitious mission into orbit to monitor Earth’s precipitation […]

Robotics Workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 […]

Successful re-entry of H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI4” (HTV4)

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The H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI4” (HTV4) successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at 3:11 p.m. on September 7, 2013 (Japanese Standard Time, JST).

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Japanese Cargo Vessel Leaves ISS

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s HTV-4 cargo vessel departed from the International Space Station today, Sept. 4, 2013. (This is an image of the vehicle being berthed to the station.) Photo Credit: NASA

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4) departed from the International Space Station at 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a one-month stay […]

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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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 […]

Japan's White Stork Soars as HTV-4 Rockets into Orbit

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Video courtesy of NASA Television

Two weeks after the metaphorical bird brought joy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a high-tech stork of a different kind is presently winging its way to the International Space Station, following a smooth liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Center. The Japan Aerospace Exploration […]

Japanese 'White Stork' Set to Bring Joy to Space Station Crew

Grasped by the station’s Canadarm2, the Exposed Pallet is transferred back to the HTV-3 Kounotori resupply craft in August 2012. The versatility of the HTV has been demonstrated on three previous missions. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost all references to cargo-carrying white storks in recent days have revolved inevitably around the Duke and Duchess […]