H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-1) approaching the ISS
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Launch mass||16,500 kg (36,400 lb)|
|Payload mass||6,000 kg (13,000 lb)|
|Dimensions||9.8 m (32 ft) long x 4.4 m (14 ft) diameter|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||Planned: 2 February 2018|
|Launch site||LA-Y, Tanegashima|
|Berthing at ISS|
|Berthing port||Harmony nadir or Unity nadir|
|RMS capture||Planned: February 2018|
|Berthing date||Planned: February 2018|
Kounotori 7 (こうのとり7号機), also known as HTV-7 will be the seventh flight of the H-II Transfer Vehicle, an unmanned cargo spacecraft set to launch on 2 February 2018 to resupply the International Space Station.
This Kounotori flight is planned to test a reentry capsule, similar in function to the VBK-Raduga carried onboard Progress flights to the Mir space station. Essentially a miniaturized HTV-R capsule, it will be carried in the pressurized section of the vehicle. On 22 October 2015, a high-altitude drop test of the capsule was successfully conducted off the coast of Taiki, Hokkaido.
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