Following on a previous post about Japan space programs, I would like to point at the JAXA website and in particular the latest news about the HTV program.
Today, I was happy, while preparing the news for NHK World, Radio Japan, to see that the first Japanese “cargo ship” had successfully reentered the Earth atmosphere.
Here is the press release from JAXA:
Successful Reentry of
the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight
November 2, 2009 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight successfully re-entered the atmosphere after the third de-orbit maneuver at around 5:53 a.m. on November 2, 2009 (Japan Standard Time.)
The HTV Demonstration Flight successfully accomplished its initial objective of shipping cargos to the International Space Station, and completed all its missions of about 52 days by today’s reentry.
The estimated times for reentry and water landing are as follows. (Times are Japan Standard Time.)
Estimated reentry time*: around 6:26 a.m. on November 2 (Monday), 2009
Estimated water landing time: around 6:38 to 6:58 a.m. on November 2 (Monday), 2009
*Altitude at 120 km
Reference link: For more details, please refer to the following website.