HTV-3 Docked to the International Space Station

Capture
Japanese HTV-3 Kounitori ready for Capture at the ISS
Image Credit: NASA TV

The Kounitori-3 (HTV-3) was captured by the ISS robotic arm at 9:23 p.m. on July 27 (Japan Standard Time) and berthed at the ISS at 2:31 a.m. on July 28. The Kounitori-3 was launched by the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.3 on 21 July. ISS astronauts will take cargo out from the Pressurized and Unpressurized Logistic Carriers into the ISS.

The cargo loaded aboard Kounitori-3 includes:

1.1 metric tons of unpressurized cargo for the Kibo Exposed Facility (EF)

  • Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE)
  • NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Testbed (SCAN Testbed)

3.5 metric tons of pressurized cargo

  • Aquatic Habitat (AQH)
  • JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) and five small satellites (CubeSats)
  • Re-entry Data Recorder (i-Ball), ReEntry Breakup Recorder (REBR)
  • Catalytic Reactor (ORU, a part of water processing system)
  • Kibo’s coolant water circulation pump
  • Food and other daily necessities for the ISS astronauts

Mating
Japanese HTV-3 Kounitori Prior to Mating with the Harmony Module
Image Credit: NASA TV

Hatch Open
Hatch Open to Kounitori. Ready for Cargo Transfer.
Image Credit: NASA TV

Additional images of the HTV-3 mission can be found here.

HTV-3 Resupply Mission to International Space Station

HII-B
Japanese H-IIB Rocket on the Pad at Tanegashima Space Center
Image Credit: JAXA TV

At 8:00 AM Japan Standard Time (JST) (1700 UTC), the H-IIB launcher was quietly counting down toward liftoff, currently scheduled for 7:06 PM Phoenix time (0206 UTC 21 July, 11:06 AM JST).

You can find updates at the JAXA web site, or follow the launch live on NASA TV, beginning at 6:15 PM Phoenix time.

We are now at T-2 Hours until launch.

The cargo loaded aboard Kounitori-3 includes:

1.1 metric tons of unpressurized cargo for the Kibo Exposed Facility (EF)

  • Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE)
  • NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Testbed (SCAN Testbed)

3.5 metric tons of pressurized cargo

  • Aquatic Habitat (AQH)
  • JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) and five small satellites (CubeSats)
  • Re-entry Data Recorder (i-Ball), ReEntry Breakup Recorder (REBR)
  • Catalytic Reactor (ORU, a part of water processing system)
  • Kibo’s coolant water circulation pump
  • Food and other daily necessities for the ISS astronauts