An unmanned Japanese spaceship soared into circuit from an island launch site Friday (July 20), commencement a weeklong tour to broach critical reserve to astronauts vital on a International Space Station.
The H-2 Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3), nicknamed Kounotori 3 (Japanese for “White Stork 3″), is delivering student scholarship projects, a new camera system, as good as food and gangling equipment. It is due to arrive during a orbiting laboratory in about a week.
Kounotori 3 carried off atop a Japanese H-2B rocket during 10:06 p.m. EDT (0206 GMT Saturday, or 11:06 a.m. Japan time Saturday) from a Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It is a third of a kind to fly, following a flights of HTVs 1 and 2 in Sep 2009 and Jan 2011, respectively.
On Jul 27, a spaceship will fly to within 40 feet away from a space station, where it will be plucked from circuit by astronauts steering a station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Controlling a arm, astronauts Joe Acaba of NASA and Aki Hoshide of JAXA (the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) will pierce Kounotori 3 to a station’s Earth-facing advancing pier on a Harmony node. The scheme is scheduled for around 7 a.m. EDT. [Inside Japan's Huge Space Truck (Infographic)]
Among a spaceship’s 4 tons (3,600 kg) of load are dual scholarship experiments designed by a tyro winners of a YouTube Space Lab competition. Students from around a universe between a ages of 14 and 18 were invited to pattern space hire experiments and report them in videos submitted to YouTube. Then open users of a site voted on their favorites.
The winners, Amr Mohamed, 18, of Alexandria, Egypt, and Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma, both 16, of Troy, Mich., designed projects to examine how microgravity affects a sport devise of zebra spiders, and to examine how opposite nutrients and compounds impact a expansion and distress of germ grown in space.
Chen and Ma were on-site during a Tanegashima Space Center to watch a launch of their experiment, while Mohamed inaugurated to transport to a cosmonaut training core in Star City, Russia, for his prize.
The Japanese load freighter is also carrying a new camera for a space station, called a ISERV (International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System), that will observe disaster sites on Earth and other areas of seductiveness for environmental studies. Scientists on a belligerent will be means to approach a camera around remote control.
Today’s launch was a second space station-bound excursion in a week. A Russian Soyuz space plug launched on Saturday (July 15) to packet 3 new space hire crewmembers to orbit.
But a space hire movement won’t stop there.
On Sunday (July 22), a robotic Russian Progress load boat already parked during a space hire will undock from a orbiting lab as partial of a two-day exam of event systems on a outpost’s Russian segment. It will redock during a hire on Monday.
Then on Aug. 1, a new Russian load boat will launch toward a space hire and — for a initial time — wharf on a same day. The acclerated advancing devise will exam new methods to cut down Russia’s standard two-day moody time to a hire for Progress and Soyuz spacecraft.
The $100 billion, football field-size laboratory is now home to 6 astronauts from 3 countries: a United States, Russia and Japan.
Japan’s robotic spaceship is one of a swift of identical unmanned vehicles that use a space station, including booster built by Russia, Europe and a new entrant from a blurb U.S. association SpaceX. The usually car now able of drifting humans to a lab is Russia’s Soyuz, yet SpaceX’s Dragon is designed to eventually lift astronauts as well.
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