Japan plans to launch its second unmanned cargo tug to the international space station Jan. 20, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency andLtd. announced Nov. 10.
Japan launched its first H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) in September 2009 to deliver 4.5 tons of cargo to the international space station. After a successful 52-day mission, the trash-laden HTV undocked from the space station and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, where it disintegrated.
The upcoming mission, dubbed HTV-2, is slated to lift off at 3:29 p.m. Japan Standard Time from the Tanegashima Space Center aboard an H-2B launch vehicle, Japan’s workhorse rocket. The mission’s launch window runs through Feb. 28.