A robotic Japanese cargo ship fired Wednesday (November 7th) from the International Space Station on a weekend with the oblivion to complete a successful supply mission.
Astronauts at the station delivered a ship to deliver HTV-7 from the station using a robotic arm at 11:51 EST (1651 GMT), as both spacecraft sailed 254 miles above the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese Aircraft Research Agency (JAKSA) launched a cargo ship to the station at the end of September to deliver more than 5 tonnes (4.5 tons) of fresh food, science and other resources.
"The crew of the expedition 57 wishes to thank the entire JAKSA program and engineering teams for the impeccable design and execution of the mission to deliver HTV-7," the commander of the station Alekander Gerst of the European Space Agency worked after the mission's control after successful separation. The ship's ship, he added, is a vital part of genuine international efforts to support the only advocate in the world in the universe. Gerst used a robotic arm to free HTV-7 with NASA astronaut Serene Aunon-Chancellor. [Japan’s Huge HTV Space Truck Explained (Infographic)]
JAKSA's HTV cargo ships (short for H-2 portable vehicles) are single-use space ships designed to transmit tons of supplies to the space station, then leave and deliberately burn in the Earth's atmosphere at the end of the mission. The spacecraft, also known as Kounotori (Japanese for "white stable"), is part of a fleet of robotic cargo ships from Japan, Russia, Europe and the United States, which kept the supply station station in the past 18 years.
HTV-7 delivered several critical supplies to the International Space Station crew, including six new solar cell batteries around the orbit of the lab. He also carried two small cubes for an experiment on a space elevator (which was deployed on October 6) and a small re-entry capsule, which, in the first case for Japan, would try to return experiments to Earth. If everything goes well, the capsule will be deployed just before HTV-7 pulls into the Earth through the South Pacific on Saturday (November 10th), NASA officials said.
The named HTV small capsule is a cone-shaped vehicle with a width of 2.7 meters (0.8 meters), 2.1 meters tall (0.6 m) and weighs 397 kilograms (180 kilograms).
"The return capsule will be thrown out of the exit after the deorbit," NASA officials said. "The experimental capsule will come out on a parachute parachute along the coast of Japan, where JAXA will stand for recovery."
NASA officials said the capsule carries the results of a crystal growth experiment.
Gerst wished a team behind the luck to re-sell the capsules in the upcoming technological test. It was him and his expedition of 57 crews who packed the capsules with an experimental load and attached it to the HTV-7 gate.
"We congratulate all the engineers who participated in the successful design and installation of a small return capsule, and we want everything best for the upcoming, most interesting phase of the return capsule: re-entering and lowering."