Japan’s HTV-7 resupply spacecraft has bid farewell to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, although its mission isn’t over just yet. HTV-7 will release the Small Re-entry Capsule (HSRC) during its final days in space, allowing for a technology demonstration, ahead of the resupply craft’s final farewell via a destruction re-entry.
HTV-7 began its mission atop a H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center on September 23 local time, ahead of a journey to arrive at the ISS with its array of cargo.
The upmass comprised of 13,700 lb (6,200 kg) of internal and external payload/cargo elements.
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Internally, inside the pressurized section, HTV-7 delivered two new U.S. science racks, a new U.S. Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG), a new Life Support Rack from ESA (European Space Agency), the HSRC, a Loop Heat Pipe Radiator technology demonstrator, the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer and CubeSat, three CubeSats, as well as cargo, food, clothes, and other provisions for the Station crew.
In the external unpressurized section was four HTV mission plan of delivering new lithium-ion batteries to the ISS.
A total of six Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) of the new batteries ...