Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The HTV-5 Completes Its Mission at the ISS...

KOUNOTORI 5 is grappled by the space station's robotic arm prior to being unberthed from the orbital outpost on September 28, 2015 (U.S. Time).

Successful Re-entry of H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI 5" (HTV-5) - Press Release

The H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI 5 (HTV-5) successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at 5:08 AM on September 30, 2015 (Japanese Standard Time, JST).

The KOUNOTORI 5 has successfully accomplished its main objective of shipping cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), and completed its 42-day mission.

The estimated date/time for the re-entry and waterlanding are as follows (Japanese Standard Time):
Estimated re-entry*: September 30, 2015 / 5:33 AM
Estimated waterlanding: September 30, 2015 / 5:47 AM - 6:13 AM

* Altitude at 120 km

Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


KOUNOTORI 5 floats above the Earth after being unberthed from the International Space Station on September 28, 2015 (U.S. Time).

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