The JSA HTV-6 White Stork cargo supply ship has arrived at ISS (International Space Station) and has been secured. This article is a compilation of the progress from launch to arrival.
Ground controllers successfully installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori 6 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) to the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Harmony module at 8:57 a.m. EST.
The spacecraft, White Stork arrival supports the crew members research off the Earth to benefit the Earth. The cargo spacecraft began its trip on an H-IIB rocket at 8:26 a.m. EST (10:26 p.m. Japan time) on Friday, Dec. 9 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.
The early Tuesday morning cargo delivery includes more than 4.5 tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware.
Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet were in the cupola Tuesday morning commanding the Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple the HTV-6 while monitoring its approach. After its successful capture, ground controllers remotely guided the 57.7-foot-long robotic arm with the HTV-6 in its grasp and began the careful, methodical process of attaching the cargo craft to Harmony’s Earth-facing port where it will stay until January.
Universal Digest is including the process that resulted in the White Stork docking and implementation of unloading procedures.
The re-supply vehicle is delivering six new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates that will replace the nickel-hydrogen batteries currently used on the station to store electrical energy generated by the station’s solar arrays. These will be installed during a series of robotic operations and spacewalks between late December and mid-January.
The spacecraft also is bringing the Technology Education (TechEdSat-5) nanosatellite, which includes the Exo-Brake technology demonstration mission. The Exo-Brake technology is a tension-based, flexible braking device that could help bring small payloads back through Earth’s atmosphere unharmed, accurately de-orbiting through a series of adjustments to modulate drag. Exo-Brake deployment is targeted for early 2017.
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Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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