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HTV-7 LAUNCH TO ISS, Sept 22, 2018, Tanegashima, Japan, 1:52 pm ET

UPDATE, Sept 20: JAXA said there will be another launch delay, a one-day slip due to weather.  Now 2:52 am September 23 Japan Standard Time (1:52 pm September 22 EDT)/  NASA TV coverage begins 1:30 pm ET September 22.

UPDATE, Sept 19:  JAXA has announced a new launch date: September 22 at about 3:15 am Japan Standard Time, which is September 21 about 2:15 pm EDT.  NASA TV coverage begins 1:45 pm ET.

UPDATE, Sept 14:  The launch was scrubbed today within the last 30 minutes or so before launch.  Neither NASA nor JAXA has said why and a new date has not been officially announced.

UPDATE, Sept 13 JAXA has clarified the launch time as 5:59:14 am JST on September 15 (4:59:14 pm September 14 EDT).  NASA TV coverage begins at 4:30 pm ET September 14. 

UPDATE, Sept 12: JAXA slipped the launch another day due to weather.  The newest launch date is September 15, 2018 “about 6:00 am” JST (September 14 about 5:00 pm EDT). It cautions that the date may slip again.

UPDATE, Sept 11:  JAXA set a new launch date of September 14, 2018, 6:20 am Japan Standard Time (September 13, 2018, 5:40 pm Eastern Daylight Time), weather permitting.   (The launch window extends to October 31.)  NASA later refined that to 6:21 am JST (5:41 pm Sept 13 EDT) and said NASA TV coverage will begin at 4:45 pm EDT on September 13.

UPDATE, Sept 9: JAXA has postponed the launch due to bad weather at its Guam tracking station.  A new date will be announced later.

Original Entry: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the Kounotori HTV-7 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 10, 2018 at 6:32 pm ET.  The launch will be carried live on NASA TV beginning at 6:00 pm ET.

It will dock with the ISS four days after launch.


September 22, 2018
1:30 pm - 11:00 pm