Japan’s Enhanced Epsilon Rocket set for Debut Launch with Space Weather Research Probe

A beefed up version of Japan’s Epsilon Rocket will make its debut on Tuesday, carrying out a high-energy orbital delivery with the ERG satellite that sets out to study Space Weather phenomena from a highly elliptical orbit that takes the spacecraft through the most intense region of particle acceleration in Earth’s magnetosphere.

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Japanese HTV-6 Resupply Craft arrives at Space Station for critical Cargo Delivery

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for an out-of-this-world cargo delivery to the orbiting laboratory including the first batch of new batteries that will overhaul the ISS power system for the Station’s next decade of operations.

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HTV-6 Cargo Craft on Course to Space Station with fresh Cargo & new Batteries

Japan’s HTV-6 spacecraft, launched atop an H-IIB rocket on Friday, is inbound to the International Space Station for a robotic capture on Tuesday to mark the start of a 60-day stay for the delivery of important cargo including the first batch of batteries to revamp the ISS power system.

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Japanese HTV Cargo Craft ready to sail into Orbit atop H-IIB Rocket

Japan’s H-II Transport Vehicle is poised for liftoff from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center on Friday to begin a four-day link-up with the International Space Station to deliver nearly six metric tons of cargo to the orbiting outpost including a set of six new batteries that will revamp the Station’s power system and replace a dozen aging battery units.

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Cutting Corners & Lack of Operational Protocols doomed Japan’s Hitomi Observatory

Details were now shared on the proximate causes of the spacecraft’s loss, highlighting that Hitomi’s fate was sealed by the deliberate disabling of safety systems, a willingness to accept operational risk and a lack of operational protocols for a major change on the spacecraft’s thruster system.

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Japanese Hitomi X-Ray Observatory declared Lost, Post-Mortem Investigation begins

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has officially declared the Hitomi X-Ray Observatory lost and ceased all attempts to communicate with the stricken spacecraft, marking the untimely end of a mission that promised a great scientific return in the field of high-energy astrophysics.

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