Japan successfully launches Kounotori 5
NHK -- Aug 20
Japan's space agency has successfully launched an H2B rocket carrying the cargo ship Kounotori 5. The unmanned ship will take supplies to the International Space Station.

The rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima at 8:50 PM, local time, on Wednesday.

The Kounotori cargo ship separated from the rocket about 15 minutes later, at an altitude of around 300 kilometers.

Kounotori will supply food, equipment for experiments and other items to the space station, which is orbiting roughly 400 kilometers above Earth.

The cargo ship will also provide supplies that could not be delivered by the US Dragon transporter, due to an accident in June.

国際宇宙ステーションに物資を届ける輸送機「こうのとり」を載せたH2Bロケットの打­ち上げが成功しました。 H2Bロケットは打ち上げから約15分後に、搭載したこうのとり5号機を予定の軌道で­切り離しました。

News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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