Astronauts berthed JAXA’s HTV Kounotori freighter at the International Space Station this morning. The vehicle carries supplies to the six crew members aboard the orbital outpost. Among its tons of supplies the HTV is carrying student experiments via the American company NanoRacks.
In a press release, NanoRacks hailed the docking:
The successful docking of the JAXA HTV-2 cargo vehicle this morning is great news for a high school in San Jose, California and Ohio State University.
The docking marks the next critical milestone in these two commercial educational payloads, which was made possible by NanoRacks, LLC, the leading company providing commercial opportunities onboard the U.S. National Laboratory on Space Station. The company is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement for the use of the ISS National Lab on the International Space Station.
For the NanoRacks team, these missions are proof-positive of a new can-do era. â€œFor both educational payloads,â€ explains Managing Director Jeffrey Manber, â€œthe schools went from zero to docking in less than nine months. Thatâ€™s a great benchmark of what is now possible on the U.S. National Lab.â€
Valley Christian Schools of San Jose California is undertaking a 30 day botany project to introduce their students to the unique environment of space. Equally exciting, it is the first commercial space station high school project. More can be learned at: