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Japan postpones launch of spacecraft with goods and equipment for ISS

Technical issues with the carrier rocket caused the postpone
11:00, 15 September 2018

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Japan postponed the launch of the H-IIB rocket with Kounotori-7 unmanned spacecraft, which should have taken place today, on September 15. The press office of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency reported. 

It is reported that the launch of the carrier rocket, which should have taken goods and equipment to the ISS was postponed. In addition, the doublecheck of working systems of the rocket was appointed. 

Earlier, the launch of Kounotori-7 have already been postponed - initially, the cargo spacecraft should have been launched on September 11. 

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It is noted, that the ship must deliver six-ton freight to the International Space Station, including those necessary for the life of astronauts, and new lithium-ion batteries - the main power source on the station. Also, Stars-me microsatellites developed by the University of Shizuoka had to be delivered to orbit. They are a model of a space elevator, which must be tested in open space. 

Earlier, NASA presented the crew, which would fly to the ISS on the private ships of SpaceX and Boeing.

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