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Japanese H-IIB Launch of H-II Transfer Vehicle

Topic: Launches

Date: January 22, 2011

Location: Tanegashima Space Center, JP,

Launch Time: 05:37 GMT (12:37 a.m. EST) (Delayed from January 20)

Watch Live: The launch will broadcast on NASA TV.

On January 22, 2011 a Japanese H-IIB rocket will launch the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) now nicknamed KOUNOTORI to the International Space Station (ISS) on a resupply mission from the Tanegashima Space Center. KOUNOTORI means White Stork in Japanese.

The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) is an unmanned cargo spacecraft. It will deliver up to six tons of food, clothes, and various experiment devices to the ISS, then is reloaded with used devices and clothes to be burned when it reenters the atmosphere.

NASA Updates Broadcast Plans For Japanese Cargo Flight To Station

HOUSTON -- The launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle "Kounotori2" (HTV2) planned for Thursday, Jan. 20, was rescheduled due to a forecast for weather conditions that would exceed launch restrictions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency reset the launch for 11:37 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 21.

NASA still plans live television coverage of the launch from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. With an adjusted rendezvous plan, the grapple and attachment of the cargo ship to the International Space Station remain planned for Thursday, Jan. 27, and also will be covered live on NASA Television.

NASA TV's updated programming schedule for HTV2 events includes (all times CST):

Friday, Jan. 21:

11 p.m. -- Launch coverage, anchored from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, begins. Launch is scheduled at 11:37 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 27:

5 a.m. -- Grapple coverage, anchored from Johnson, begins. The grapple of HTV2 is scheduled at 5:44 a.m. 8 a.m.
-- Berthing coverage, anchored from Johnson, begins. The attachment should be complete at approximately 10 a.m.

For more information about Kounotori2 and the H-IIB launch vehicle, visit:

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