Scorched Space Cargo Plane Fire

A cargo plane unmanned spacecraft burned during entry into Earth's atmosphere, a day after the freight is leaving the International Space Station (ISS). Kounotori 2, the robotic space plane and its cargo were destroyed and fell into the Pacific Ocean.
Before returning to Earth, the plane had been carrying out its mission for 2 months on the ISS.
Kounotori 2, also known as HTV-2 is the second disposable transport vehicles which made Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to bring tons of cargo to the International Space Station. The first space vehicle that HTV-1 arrived at the ISS in 2009.
"HTV-2 brings a variety of important cargo including spare parts for ISS external systems and water for the astronauts living in space station," said Keiji Tachikawa, JAXA president, as quoted from Space, Thursday, March 31, 2011.
The success of HTV, Tachikawa said, proves that the HTV is a transport vehicle that can be counted on to supply the ISS.
Space vehicles measuring about 10 meters long and 4.4 meters wide that can carry cargo in a pressurized chamber whose contents can be taken by the astronauts when the vehicle arrived at the space station. In the vehicle was also a no-pressure storage whose contents can be retrieved by a robot hand.
HTV spacecraft is part of a range of international spacecraft that regularly supply the needs of the ISS space station. Besides Japan, unmanned space vehicles Russia and Europe are also regularly sends supplies.
Konotouri 2, launched from Japan and arrived at the ISS on January 27, 2011. The next transport vehicles prepared to depart in January 2012.

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