Two Astronauts Capture Japanese “White Stork”

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Japan’s HTV-6 load qualification is graphic in a hold of a Canadarm2 shortly after it was prisoner Tuesday morning. Credit: NASA TV

Using a International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) successfully prisoner a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6). At a time of capture, a space hire and load booster were drifting 250 miles over southern Chile. Robotic belligerent controllers now will implement it on a Earth-facing side of a Harmony module.

NASA TV coverage of a berthing now is scheduled to start about 7:45 a.m. during

The Japanese load ship, whose name means “white stork,” is delivering some-more than 4.5 tons of supplies, water, gangling tools and examination hardware for a six-person hire crew.

The re-supply car is delivering 6 new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates that will reinstate a nickel-hydrogen batteries now used on a hire to store electrical appetite generated by a station’s solar arrays. These will be commissioned during a array of robotic operations and spacewalks between late Dec and mid-January.

The booster also is bringing a Technology Education (TechEdSat-5) nanosatellite, that includes a Exo-Brake record proof mission. The Exo-Brake record is a tension-based, stretchable braking device that could assistance move tiny payloads behind by Earth’s atmosphere unharmed, accurately de-orbiting by a array of adjustments to allay drag. Exo-Brake deployment is targeted for early 2017.

Source: NASA