Kounotori 6 (HTV-6)

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Resupply

Low Earth Orbit Osaki Y LP2 Tanegashima, Japan

This is the sixth flight of an uncrewed cargo spacecraft to International Space Station. It will bring the replacement for the batteries used on the Station to store electricity generated by solar panels, as well as 600 liters of potable water.

Watch the Launch

Additional Media

「こうのとり」6号機/H-IIBロケット6号機打上げライブ中継 ( KOUNOTORI6 / H-IIB F6 launch live broadcast. )

12月9日(金) H-IIBロケット6号機による宇宙ステーション補給機「こうのとり」6号機(HTV6)打上げの模様を中継します。 打上げ予定日時:12月9日(金)22時26分頃 打上げ場所:種子島宇宙センター 大型ロケット発射場 ※打上げ日時及び放送時間はミッションの状況等により、変更になる場合がございます。 「...

H-IIB

Family: H2B
Configuration: 304

H-IIB (H2B) is an expendable launch system used to launch H-II Transfer Vehicles (HTV, or Kounotori) towards the International Space Station. H-IIB rockets are liquid-fuelled with solid-fuel strap-on boosters and are launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Mitsubishi and JAXA have been primarily responsible for design, manufacture, and operation of H-IIB.

Specifications
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    56.6 m
  • Diameter
    5.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    551 T
  • Thrust
    9000 kN
Family
  • Name
    H-IIB
  • Family
    H2B
  • Variant
    304
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    H-IIB 304
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $112.5M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    16500 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8000 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Kounotori 6


Active Cargo Unmanned Payload Capacity: 6000 kg
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: HTV-6

Kounotori 6, also known as HTV-6, is the sixth flight of the H-II Transfer Vehicle, an unmanned cargo spacecraft launched to resupply the International Space Station. It was launched at 13:26:47 UTC on 9 December 2016 aboard H-IIB launch vehicle from Tanegashima Space Center.

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Details

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Circle Image
Seiji Izumisawa Founded: 1884 Successes: 35 Failures: 0 Pending: 6

Agency Type: Commercial

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group. MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world's 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

INFO WIKI

Tanegashima, Japan

Pad: Osaki Y LP2


Long March 4
Success
1 day, 17 hours ago
Haiyang 2C
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


Long March 11
Success
1 week ago
Gaofen-03-1
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Kuaizhou
Failure
1 week, 3 days ago
Jilin-1-02C
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Astra Rocket 3.0
Failure
1 week, 3 days ago
Maiden Flight
Launch Pad B - Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

This is the first orbital attempt of Astra Space small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket carries no payload for this flight.


Long March 4
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Gaofen-11-02
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Long March 2F
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The payload is an experimental reusable spacecraft. It is rumored to be a prototype of a reusable spaceplane (similar to Boeing X-37B vehicle). Th...


Starship Prototype
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
150m Hop
SpaceX South Texas Launch Site - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The Starship SN6 prototype will attempt to perform a 150m hop similar to the one successfully performed by its predecessor SN5.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Starlink 11
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Vega
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
SSMS POC
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, ...


Electron
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This return to flight mission is dedicated for Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Capella’...