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The HTV-2 " Kounotori2" was successfully launched to the International Space Station on January 22, 2011 from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex in Tanegashima, Japan.
This is JAXA's (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) second unmanned space vehicle for International Space Station (ISS) re-supply and waste cargo disposal. HTV-1 was successfully launched on a Demonstration Flight on Sep 10, 2009.
For this mission, HTV-2 nickname is "KOUNOTORI" meaning "white stork". Externally, HTV-2 is an exact copy of HTV-1 with the exception of the payloads in the unpressurized cargo area. These payloads are the CTC-4 (Cargo Transport Container) and the FHRC (Flex Hose Rotary Couple), payloads that will be permanently placed as spare parts on the ELC-4 pallet. This pallet belongs to the payload from STS-133 that is scheduled for launch in mid-December or possibly February of 2011.
The HTV papermodel was made possible from sources obtained from JAXA website and NASA's Gallery page. This page will change as new updates are made. The assembly of this model is the same for HTV-1.
Enjoy the photos and the model!
Expedition ISS-27 update
Source: JAXA website
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