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Japanese spacecraft could not start due to fire

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The Japanese cargo spacecraft HTV-2 Kounotori 8 was unable to launch to the ISS due to a fire at the launch pad. About this on its website the National Office for the Exploration of the United States (NASA).




The HTV-2 Kounotori 8 cargo spacecraft, created by the Japan Aerospace Research Agency JAXA, was forced to stay on the ground instead of flying to the International Space Station due to a fire at the launch pad. HTV-2 was supposed to fly to the ISS today in 00: 33 from the launch pad located in the space center on Tanegashima Island. To launch, the H-2IIB booster was to be used.

The ship was supposed to deliver about 4 tons of cargo, including food, to the International Space Station crew. Also on the list were ISS solar panels, and the equipment needed to conduct dozens of scientific experiments.

The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), also known as Kounotori, is a Japanese contribution to the fleet of unmanned spacecraft delivering cargo to the International Space Station. Along with the Russian "Progress", the American Dragon and Cygnus and the European ATV, he replenishes the station's supplies. The Kounotori 8 mission (HTV-8) should be the penultimate flight of the HTV, which should be replaced by the advanced HTV-X spacecraft in the early 2020's.

The first vehicle of this HTV-1 series, launched on 11 on September 2009, spent six weeks on the ISS before completing its mission on November 1 that same year. In turn, for the carrier of the H-IIB rocket, this flight is the first. This is also the first use of the second pad of the Yoshinobu launch pad.

Important load


Produced by Mitsubishi Electric, the HTV is about ten meters long and 4,4 meters in diameter. It has a mass of up to 16 500 kg, and can carry up to 1 900 kg of leaking cargo. HTV is designed for five days of free flight, with the possibility of a seven-day backup stay in orbit in case of problems during the docking.

The main thrust for the spacecraft is the 4 engine of the IHI Corporation HBT-5. In addition, the ship has twenty-eight jet shunting engines. Solar panels on the outer surface of the spacecraft are designed to generate energy for its systems. Kounotori is designed to carry both airtight and leaky cargo in two different compartments.

An important cargo of this mission is lithium-ion batteries for solar panels, which will replace the original nickel-hydrogen blocks that have been operating since the launch of the ISS. According to the plan, the old modules will subsequently be loaded onto the “truck” and burn with it in the atmosphere.

A new launch date is currently reserved. The ship will go to the ISS during the period from 12 to 31 of September.
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  1. Nycomed
    Nycomed 11 September 2019 09: 10 New
    +2
    Not only Roskosmos force majeure happens.
    1. ultra
      ultra 11 September 2019 10: 08 New
      -7
      Roscosmos has the main force majeure leadership, but it’s true that force majeure can’t be called anymore, because for the last decades it has been such a mediocre leadership, and this despite all the re-pipe. laughing
    2. iouris
      iouris 11 September 2019 10: 52 New
      +4
      This is not force majeure, but an accident. Force Majeure is an earthquake, a hurricane, a war.
  2. Proton
    Proton 11 September 2019 09: 19 New
    0
    But I wonder how the Japanese Rogozin will make excuses for this fire? laughing
    1. Mestny
      Mestny 11 September 2019 09: 22 New
      +15
      You do not.
      This is common, accidents happen.
      Howling and sputtering chorus at their country is not accepted.
    2. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 11 September 2019 09: 41 New
      -4
      Quote: Proton
      But I wonder how the Japanese Rogozin will make excuses for this fire? laughing

      As usual, hara-kiri, They say it’s a shame there, to look people in the eye. It’s easier for us. Around one MPC.
      1. Vladimir16
        Vladimir16 11 September 2019 10: 17 New
        +2
        Quote: Mavrikiy
        It’s easier with us. Around one MPC.

        Especially for you, I will repeat Sergey’s comment:
        Quote: Mestny
        You do not.
        This is common, accidents happen.
        Howling and sputtering chorus at their country is not accepted.
        1. vargo
          vargo 11 September 2019 11: 41 New
          0
          These people began to remind me of trivial trolls with a hackneyed record. They learned one mantra and repeat it. It is a pity that there is no automatic hiding of the comment in VO if it scored more, say, 5-10 minuses.
  3. donavi49
    donavi49 11 September 2019 09: 39 New
    +12
    Here are the photos.



    The outbreak was very small and quickly extinguished, but the start was canceled. It seems that nothing is damaged, again the experience of 60-70's was not in vain and automated highly efficient systems worked very quickly and efficiently.

    If that is the largest ship supplying the ISS today.

    Here they indicated modestly only an unpressurized compartment. Forgetting about tight. Specifically, 8 is not lucky with a record (6,5), but all the big weight in 5385kg .
    4 experiment in the interests of JAXA, 2 new component for the American segment (oxygen and water tanks), a new research kit Electrostatic Levitation Furnace. Well, the batteries. They are nine lucky by the way. For a lot needs to be changed.
    1. yehat
      yehat 11 September 2019 12: 47 New
      0
      I note that if you ignore the data from the Mask, the Japanese media is now considered one of the most cost-effective.
    2. Ocelot
      Ocelot 11 September 2019 16: 27 New
      0
      Quote: donavi49
      Here they indicated modestly only an unpressurized compartment. Forgetting about tight. Specifically, 8ka is not lucky with a record (6,5t), but all the big weight in 5385kg

      And this is so as not to injure the psyche of fans of "Progress" winked
      1. slipped
        slipped 11 September 2019 22: 06 New
        +3
        Quote: Ocelot
        And this is so as not to injure the psyche of fans of "Progress" winked


        It's probably fun to project your personal trauma on others lol Probably enough to remind you that "Progress" is a universal modular platform and it can have various configurations for various tasks. And the displayed weight is limited only by the capabilities of the launch vehicle. Moreover, the launch of "Progress" is also possible in a lunar orbit, which, by the way, is planned to be done.

        And yes, how many of these storks were there? Already seven pieces ... laughing
  4. amax
    amax 11 September 2019 09: 47 New
    -3
    A rocket that was supposed to deliver new lithium batteries in exchange for the currently used non-lithium burned out? Coincidence? And if not, it may be good that the rocket didn’t deliver them.
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 11 September 2019 10: 06 New
      +6
      It didn’t burn out - but there was a fire on the site, which was very quickly extinguished by an automated system. However, the launch was canceled. Now the window is 12-23 September. They will test the rocket with a deep test, if the fire didn’t damage anything, it can fly even tomorrow.
  5. Dikson
    Dikson 11 September 2019 09: 59 New
    +1
    And the Japanese truck is quite rather big ... such a normal one .. more room in the Khrushchev .. :)
  6. slipped
    slipped 11 September 2019 10: 23 New
    +5
    When refueling flashed. Fuel leak.

  7. Ocelot
    Ocelot 11 September 2019 22: 33 New
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    Quote: slipped
    Progress is a universal modular platform

    Progress is roughly the Cargo Union, what’s modular in it? And 2,6 tons of cargo is not enough. Yes, it can be launched with a large missile, but its internal volume is still small. And when the author "forgets" to indicate the full load capacity of the "Japanese" it is really funny laughing
    1. slipped
      slipped 11 September 2019 23: 13 New
      +3
      Quote: Ocelot
      Progress is roughly the Cargo Union, what’s modular in it?


      Here is the Progress:



      This is also "Progress":



      And this module was made for "Progress":



      Quote: Ocelot
      And 2,6 tons of cargo is not enough.


      Why not enough? For KDU, the fuel station is enough, enough to refuel. For cargo in a sealed volume too. Yes, and panels for delivery on the outer surface are available.

      Quote: Ocelot
      Yes, it can be launched with a large missile, but its internal volume is still small.


      And let's take a look here laughing Sound familiar?



      Quote: Ocelot
      And when the author "forgets" to indicate the full load capacity of the "Japanese" it is really funny laughing


      Well, these are the problems of the "author".

      Progress is not a Soyuz cargo. Cargo Soyuz is the future Soyuz-GVK.
      1. Ocelot
        Ocelot 11 September 2019 23: 30 New
        -2
        Progress (whether you like it or not) was designed on the basis of the Soyuz spacecraft. It should be called modular if it was originally designed for various configurations. And M-MIM2 or M-СО1 are separate exceptions, not "modularity"
        1. slipped
          slipped 12 September 2019 00: 46 New
          +4
          Quote: Ocelot
          Progress (whether you like it or not) was designed on the basis of the Soyuz spacecraft.


          Here was such a ship, which had a working name - "Union".



          The Union - because it consisted of three autonomous units 7K, 9K, 11K.

          After the cancellation of the project, the name “Soyuz” remained for 7K and made of it 7K-OK - an orbital ship. 11K became "Progress."

          Later, later in the new modifications, as a result of unification, many of the Soyuz and Progress systems became interchangeable. But not all.

          Quote: Ocelot
          It should be called modular if it was originally designed for various configurations. And M-MIM2 or M-СО1 are separate exceptions, not "modularity"


          I have shown above why it was originally designed. It was 11K that was part of Salyut-1, the first Progress grew out of it, when a new unpressurized compartment and a hermetic, unified with BO 7K-T, were added to it for servicing and replenishing orbital stations. In "Progress" everything is tied to his so-called "functional responsibilities" - you need to deliver - cargo and fuel, one configuration, deliver module - another. It will be necessary to increase the pressurized compartment - they will increase, there is such a possibility and a project, only for this it will be necessary to change the rocket.

  8. Ocelot
    Ocelot 12 September 2019 07: 18 New
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    Quote: slipped
    The Union - because it consisted of three autonomous units 7K, 9K, 11K.

    No, individually, parts of the complex were also called Unions (and not just assembled). 7K in this project was also called Soyuz-A, 9K and 11K - Soyuz-B and Soyuz-V, respectively
    http://epizodsspace.airbase.ru/bibl/tvorch-nasl-kor/02-4.html
    1. slipped
      slipped 12 September 2019 17: 31 New
      +1
      Quote: Ocelot
      No, individually, parts of the complex were also called Unions (and not just assembled). 7K in this project was also called Soyuz-A, 9K and 11K - respectively, Soyuz-B and Soyuz-V http://epizodsspace.airbase.ru/bibl/tvorch-nasl-kor/02-4.html


      I gave you the name as in the documents and in the drawings they were called. The remaining names are unofficial, for voicing "on the side." And the abbreviations for the letters of the alphabet in our space technology just mean parts of the whole. For example, ABVGDE blocks are stages of the Soyuz launch vehicle. laughing