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HTV 2, a Japanese satellite, was launched from Tanegashima on 22 January 2011 at 05:38 UT by an H-2B rocket. It docked with the International Space Station's Harmony module on 27 January 2011 at 11:41 UT. HTV 2, an unmanned supply ship, will deliver internal and external cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and serve as a means for equipment disposal from the ISS upon the craft's undocking and destruction in the atmosphere. The craft carried pressurized and unpressurized cargo consisting of scientific gear, spare parts and provisions for the ISS crew. The unpressurized cargo included two NASA payloads that will be transferred from the craft's external cargo hold in early February. Japan is calling the spacecraft Kounotori 2 ("white stork").

Alternate Names

  • 37351
  • HTV2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-01-22
Launch Vehicle: H-2B
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Japan)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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