The Japanese space agency (JAXA) has re-set the launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle “Kounotori2? (HTV2) for 12:37 a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, shortly after midnight in Washington. NASA-TV plans live television coverage of the launch from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The launch had previously been delayed. The HTV1 launch for the first time to the ISS in 2009.
Demonstrating a multinational commitment to support astronauts and comonauts aboard the orbiting International Space Station, Japan’s H-II will be joined by a Russia Progress on January 28, 2011 followed by a European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Johannes Kepler on February 15, 2011, in sending unmanned cargo vehicles to the ISS. Last but not least, the space shuttle Discovery is to make orbit Feb. 24, 2011, if the much delayed shuttle goes, [SpaceTravel].