Japan’s 7th ISS Resupply Mission (HTV 7) Coming Up!
Image credit & copyright: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch Alert: Saturday, September 22 at 17:52 UTC (13:52 EDT & 10:52 PDT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB (H-2B) rocket, launch vehicle No. 7 (F7). It will be carrying the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) also known as Kounotori “White Stork” Space Station resupply vehicle from Launch Area-Y2 (Also known as Area-Y2 or LA-Y2) at one of the most beautiful launch sites on Earth, the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan. Once it arrives at Station, it will grappled and berthed to the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM) Kibo “Hope” by Canadarm 2 where it will remain for roughly six months before being destructively deorbited.
NOTE: This rocket is sometimes called the screamer because of the distinct sound that it makes at launch. See if you can pick it up if you watch live.