JAXA Sets January Launch Date for HTV-2 Cargo Freighter


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. would like to announce that the launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 2 with the H-II Transfer Vehicle 2 named “KOUNOTORI” (“white stork”) on board.

Scheduled date of launch: January 20 (Thursday), 2011 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
Launch time: Around 3:29 p.m. (JST)
Launch windows: January 21 (Fri.) through February 28 (Mon.), 2011 (JST)
Launch Site: Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center

JAXA conducted a nickname campaign for the HTV-2 between August 27 (Fri.) and September 30 (Thu.), 2010. Among many suggestions, the following nickname was selected.

1. Selection result: The chosen nickname is “KOUNOTORI” meaning “white stork”

2. Reason for selection:
A white stork carries an image of conveying an important thing (a baby, happiness, and other joyful things); therefore, it precisely expresses the HTV’s mission to transport essential materials to the ISS.

3. Received applications:
Total: 17,236 (Among them, acceptable applications totaled 17,026, and those who proposed “KOUNOTORI” was 217.)
Through the Website: 13,528
FAX, Postcard: 1,077
Application Form: 2,631

JAXA will send a certificate and a commemorative gift to all godparents of “KOUNOTORI.” The winner of the trip to the Tanegashima Space Center to see off the KOUNOTORI launch has been announced on the website of the International Space Station (ISS) / Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” (http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/).