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NSSDCA ID: 2018-073A


HTV-7 (KOUNOTORI 7) is a Japanese cargo freighter carrying to the International Space Station a set of six replacement batteries, an experimental life support system, and a small new landing craft to bring specimens from the space station back to Earth. The HTV is loaded with more than 5.2 tonsmore than 4.7 metric tonsof cargo. Among the logistics is 3,014 pounds (1,367 kilograms) of external equipment comprising six lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates. Inside the HTV's pressurized cabin, workers loaded 7,489 pounds (3,397 kilograms) of cargo for JAXA, NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, including fresh food, crew provisions, scientific gear, computer equipment and spare parts. The HTV is the largest logistics vehicle currently flying to the International Space Station, capable of hauling heavier loads than Russian Progress freighters, SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft, and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus supply carrier.

Alternate Names

  • 43630
  • HTV7

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-09-22
Launch Vehicle: H-2B
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan
Mass: 16500 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (International)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
  • European Space Society (International)
  • Canadian Space Agency (Canada)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

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