Eleven years after the launch of the first H-II Transfer cargo vehicle (HTV) to the International Space Station, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) HTV-9 will depart the orbital laboratory Tuesday, Aug. 18.

This will be the final station departure of JAXA’s Kounotori, or “white stork,” model cargo craft, nine of which have delivered more than 40 tons of supplies to space station crews. JAXA is developing a new fleet of HTV cargo craft, the HTV-X, which is targeted for its first launch in 2022.

In this image, the versatile Canadarm2 robotic arm is poised to grapple and remove the HTV-9 resupply craft from the Harmony module. Station Commander and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will command the Canadarm2 to release the HTV-9. The HTV-9 arrived at the station on May 25, 2020, delivering four tons of new science experiments, station hardware, crew supplies and fuel.

Image Credit: NASA

在向国际空间站发射第一架H-II运载火箭(HTV) 11年后,日本宇宙航空研究开发机构(JAXA)的HTV-9将于8月18日星期二离开轨道实验室。

这将是JAXA的Kounotori(又名“白鹳”)货运飞船的最后一次离开空间站,其中九艘已经向空间站工作人员运送了40多吨物资。JAXA正在开发新的HTV货运船队HTV-X,计划在2022年首次发射。

在这张图片中,多功能的Canadarm2机器人手臂正准备钩住并将HTV-9再补给飞船从和谐舱移走。空间站指挥官、美国宇航局宇航员克里斯·卡西迪(Chris Cassidy)将指挥加拿大舰队2号释放HTV-9。HTV-9于2020年5月25日抵达空间站,运送了4吨新的科学实验设备、空间站硬件、船员补给和燃料。

影像来源:NASA

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