August 9, 2013: The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched their fourth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-4) from Tanegashima Space Center on August 3, 2013 at 14:48:46 GMT. After successfully completing phasing, the HTV-4 was given the “GO” to fly under automatic control to its designated capture point beneath Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) of the International Space Station (ISS). After arriving safely, the HTV-4, called Kounotori-4, was captured using the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). Capture occurred on August 9, 2013 at 11:22:46 GMT. Berthing to the nadir Node-2 Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) was completed shortly after capture.
HTV-4 will remain attached to Node-2 until unberth and release using the SSRMS planned for September 4, 2013. For more information about the HTV or the HTV-4 mission, please visit its website at: http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/mission/htv-4