Japan launched its final space station supply using the MHI-II Rocket

JAXA MHI-II Rocket at Tanegashima Space Center

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched its final cargo delivery using the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIB rocket that is the last of the H-II Transfer Vehicle.

The H-II Transfer Vehicle has had a long career of delivering supplies, payloads and experiments to the International Space Station.

Wednesday’s launch made a milestone for MHI and carried important cargo to the space station that includes a number of different experiments, but one, in particular, stands out: It’s a “space avatar” – essentially a remote-controlled robot that a user on Earth can use effectively as a telepresence bot on the ISS, to allow them to remotely experience what it’s like to be onboard the station in orbit.

The launch took place at 2:31 AM local time from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan.

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