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HTV-1 (H-II Transfer Vehicle)
The HTV-1 was launched aboard the H-llB rocket on September 10, 2009 on its Maiden Flight from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex in Tanegashima, Japan. It was successfully captured and berthed to the ISS by the Canada Arm 2 on September 17, 2009.
It is JAXA's (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) first unmanned space vehicle for International Space Station (ISS) re-supply and waste cargo disposal. Once the Space Shuttle is retired in 2010, the HTV will be the main system to carry external payloads to the ISS.
HTV is a new system from JAXA. It is a first of its kind because it has the capability to carry the pressurized and unpressurized cargos, and the Exposed Pallet as a part of HTV system has an important role to carry the external cargos into ISS. It can carry payloads including clothing, food, and other supplies needed for the ISS inside of its pressurized module. It can also carry payloads for the JEM-EF inside of its unpressurized cargo module.
HTV-1 is carrying two experiments for the JEM-EF. The experiments include SMILES (Superconducting Submillimetre-Wave Limb Emission Sounder) and HREP (HICO-RAIDS Experiment Payload).
The HTV papermodel was made possible from sources obtained from JAXA website and NASA's Gallery page.
Enjoy the photos and the model!
Source: JAXA website
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