Japanese cargo craft departs space station
Japan’s sixth HTV supply ship departed the International Space Station on Friday and headed for a destructive re-entry over the South Pacific with trash and disused batteries from the research lab, but engineers will first use the spacecraft for a pioneering experiment to investigate a new way to remove space junk from orbit.
Spacewalkers continue station battery refresh with EVA
Two spacewalking astronauts working outside the International Space Station Friday completed work to replace aging batteries in one of the lab’s eight main solar power circuits. A second spacewalk next week, along with additional work with the station’s robot arm, will upgrade a second power channel.
Japanese HTV makes battery delivery to International Space Station
Japan’s HTV supply ship blasts off for space station
Timeline of the H-2B rocket’s launch of the Kounotori 6 supply ship
Flight history of Japan’s HTV resupply spacecraft
Live coverage: Japanese HTV resupply freighter captured by station robotic arm
Photos: H-2B rocket emerges for rollout to launch pad at daybreak
Japanese cargo carrier set for launch Friday
Japan’s sixth HTV supply ship is slated to depart a picturesque spaceport on Tanegashima Island on Friday to start a four-day pursuit of the International Space Station with a cache of experiments, supplies and six lithium-ion batteries to begin overhauling the orbiting lab’s vast electrical system.