Japan Looks to Convert HTV for Human Spaceflight

A brief update from The Mainichi Daily News on Japan’s plans to convert its HTV freighter for human spaceflight:

The three plans for the HTV-R are: equipping the HTV with a capsule measuring dozens of centimeters in diameter; equipping the HTV with a capsule similar to the Russian Soyuz spacecraft’s return capsule measuring 2.6 meters in diameter; and remodeling the HTV’s cargo space into a large capsule measuring 4 meters in diameter and 3.8 meters high.

Of these plans, JAXA is focusing mainly on plans two and three that can be converted into manned spacecraft. The space agency intends to make a final decision by the end of the current fiscal year and launch the first HTV-R sometime between 2016 and 2018.

We’ll see what happens…