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ISS Update: Interviews (July 23-27, 2012)
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ISS Update: H-II Transfer Vehicle Activities – 07.26.12
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ISS Update: H-II Transfer Vehicle Activities NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who was the lead robotic arm operator aboard the International Space Station when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s second H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV2) visited the orbiting complex in 2011.

The next Japanese cargo craft, HTV3, is set to rendezvous with the station Friday morning following its launch aboard an H-IIB launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 10:06 p.m. EDT July 20 (11:06 a.m. July 21, Japan time). The 16.5-ton HTV3, also known as Kounotori3, or “white stork,” is carrying almost 4 tons of supplies, food and experiment hardware for the orbital outpost. The spacecraft will be commanded to fly within about 40 feet while Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba of NASA and Aki Hoshide of JAXA use Canadarm2, the station's Canadian Space Agency-provided robotic arm, to grapple the vehicle and berth it to a docking port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node.

Coleman discusses the in-depth robotics training required by the crew – both before flight and while aboard the station -- for the grapple and berthing of an HTV. As Coleman points out, “With a situation that can be as dynamic as this one, you need to be just physically and mentally proficient.”

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