Watch the launch Live Online!
ArduSat is inching closer to it's own orbit! This Saturday, a little after 3PM EST / 12PM PST, KOUNOTORI4 is scheduled launch aboard the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex in Japan. Onboard is ArduSat!
KOUNOTORI4 is being transported to the VAB (credit: JAXA):
While this is a major step forward for ArduSat, it will still be some time before the astronauts on the ISS will load up the P-Pod and put us in orbit. We'll keep you updated but it will likely be more than a month. Don't celebrate too hard! This means you have only a little more time to prepare your experiment and test it before we reach orbit. Get cracking today, and let us know how we can help!
Watch Live: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ - coverage begins at 12PM PST.
More Launch Details:
Scheduled date of launch: August 4 (Sunday), 2013 (Japan Standard Time, JST)Launch time: around 4:48 a.m. (JST)*1Launch windows: Aug. 5 (Mon.) through Sept. 30 (Mon.), 2013 (JST)*2Launch Site: Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center
(*1) Time will be determined by the updated orbit of the International Space Station (ISS.)
(*2) The launch day and time during the launch windows shall be decided by the international coordination for ISS operations.