Mitsubishi Heavy Industries company said the launch of the Japanese Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI8” to the International Space Station (ISS) had been rescheduled from September 24 to September 25 over a potential collision with the Russian Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft.
This is the second time the launch of the cargo transporter is rescheduled; the launch was rescheduled from September 11 to September 24.
“The following changes will be made based on the results of the latest orbit based analysis of the International Space Station and Soyuz spacecraft. It was revealed there’s a possibility that the 2nd stage of H-IIB rocket after separation from ‘KOUNOTORI8’ may approach the Soyuz spacecraft,” the company said in the statement.
The transporter will deliver equipment for experiments, new containers for the water storage system and the NASA system of oxygen refueling, as well as three small satellites NARSSCube-1, AQT-D and RWASAT-1.
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27 September, 2019