At 6:36 PM Phoenix time (0136 UTC 21 July), we are at T-30 minutes and counting. All systems are go. Weather is showing some lightening in the area but no concern at the moment.
Now T-60 seconds.
Launch. All systems are nominal.
The H-IIB launched into the low clouds.
At T+2:10 the boosters have separated.
Flight is smooth at 3 minutes into the flight. Fairing separation confirmed.
16 minutes into the flight and Kounitori-3 is on her way to the International Space Station (ISS). Docking is expected to occur on 27 July with the Harmony Node.