Kounotori 5 arrives at ISS

After a successful launch on Aug 19, 2015, the Japanese HTV-5 cargo vehicle arrived at the International Space Station on Aug 24, 2015. The station’s Canadarm 2 grappled the Kounotori5 vehicle and berthed it to the Harmony module.

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On Kounotori5 exterior, an upgraded sensor has been installed, the Kounotori Advanced SPace Environment Research equipment (KASPER). It is a sensor that measures plasma and detects debris.

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This Fifth mission carries the CALET payload, that is the Calorimetric Electron Telescope, which is a second particle detector that operates alongside the Alpha-Magnetic Spectrometer 2 to support the search for dark matter signatures and to examine the mechanisms behind energetic cosmic rays.

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The CALET payload will be attached to KIBO’s Exposed Facility attachment point 9 (EFU9). On a previous post, I described a reconfiguration of the Exposed Facility that took place on July 10, 2015 by relocating the SEDA-AP payload from EFU9 to a temporary location point on EFU11.

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The Canadarm2 is ready to remove the pallet that carries the CALET payload to its final location on EFU9 on the Exposed Facility.

The photos used for this post are from the ISS papermodel in order to demonstrate the robotic tasks that will develop throughout the HTV-5 mission.

On Aug 25, 2015, the HTV-5 External Platform (EP) was extracted by the Station’s robotic arm and handoff to the Japanese robot arm in order to finally attach it to the Exposed Facility.

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On Aug 26, 2015, the CALET payload was attached to the Exposed Facility at Attachment point EFU9.

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On Aug 29, 2015, the SMILES payload transferred was completed. It was moved to the HTV-5 External Platform to be disposed upon reentry. Two more payloads, the MCE and the STP-H4 will be transferred in the upcoming days.

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MCE finally transferred to the External pallet on Aug 30, 2015.

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On Aug 31, 2015, DEXTRE removed the STP-H4 payload from ELC-1 and transferred it to the HTV5 External Platform.

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DEXTRE approaching ELC-1

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HTV-5 External Platform fully packed with all disposable payloads

After removed from the Kibo’s Exposed Facility by the JEM Remote Manipulator System, the Exposed Pallet (EP) was handed over to the station’s robotic arm. Then the EP was stowed into KOUNOTORI’s Unpressurized Logistics Carrier on Sep 15.

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The SMILES, MCE and STP-H4 payloads are now mounted on the EP and will be disposed with the KOUNOTORI’s reentry.

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On Monday Sep 28, 2015 Japan’s HTV-5 cargo craft departed the ISS carrying trash for a destructive re-entry over the South Pacific.

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The Canadarm2 in preparation to unberth the HTV-5 from Harmony module.

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The 58 foot long robotic arm maneuvering the spacecraft to a departure point beneath the complex.

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Configuration as of HTV-5

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The next HTV mission is scheduled to launch in December 2016.

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