Japan's HTV is Off

Japan's HTV is Off

Japan’s H-IIB launch vehicle appears to have performed as planned. The HTV spacecraft has separated from the launch vehicle and is in its preliminary orbit. The HTV will perform on-orbit tests for the next several days. It is scheduled to arrive at the ISS a week from today, September 17. Unlike other spacecraft, it will not dock with the ISS. Instead it will be berthed — ISS crewmembers will use one of the robotic arms on the ISS to reach out and grapple the HTV and pull it into the docking port.

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