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H-2B rocket launch sends supply shipment to space station

19 August 2015

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A cache of critical cargo stowed inside a solar-powered Japanese resupply freighter is speeding toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station after a successful launch Wednesday.

Among the supplies inside Japan's fifth H-2 Transfer Vehicle are spare parts for the space station's water filtration system, spacesuit components and medical gear to replace items lost during a SpaceX rocket failure in June.

A package of CubeSats strapped inside the HTV will be ejected from a special deployer mounted on the end of the station's Japanese robot arm in the coming months.

The 33-foot-long HTV cargo delivery craft blasted off at 11:50:49 GMT (7:50:49 a.m. EDT) Wednesday, roughly the moment Earth's rotation aligned the Tanegashima Space Center with the path of the high-flying research lab's orbit.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: JAXA - H-2B rocket launch

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