The Japanese cargo ship in a manual mode docked to ISS. / September 18, 2009 /
Pilotless Japanese cargo ship HTV-1 (H-2 Transfer Vehicle 1) at 18:27 on east time (02:27 across Moscow) it is successful docked to the International space station. On it it is informed on site Space.com.
Joining has occurred in 365 kilometres over the western part of Romania. The Japanese space truck is not equipped by automatic system of joining, therefore manoeuvre was executed in a manual mode. Astronaut Nicole Stott by means of the manipulator established on ISS, has seized the ship, and then has drawn it to station. As marks Associated Press, it became the first joining of the pilotless ship to MSS, made in a manual mode.
«It [the cargo ship] looks is simply more tremendous. We will necessarily make pair of photos and we will photograph it on video», has commented on the Japanese truck Stott, received an applause for the done work. In the meantime other inhabitants ISS have celebrated successful joining by a water glass.
The Japanese cargo ship delivered on ISS meal stocks, laptops, samples for researches, and also the new hand-manipulator, called to replace one of the mechanisms established at station. The ship will stay on ISS prior to the beginning of November, then it will be undocked from station, and in the issue will burn down in atmosphere. Dispatch HTV-1 on ISS has managed Japan in 680 million dollars.
Source: Lenta. Ru
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