JAXA HSRC Survives Re-Entry Written 14 November 2018

SPACE reports that on Saturday, JAXA’s HTV Small Re-Entry Capsule (HSRC) became the “first Japanese spacecraft to bring experiments back to Earth from the space station.” The HSRC was released from the Japanese HTV-7 cargo resupply vessel during reentry following a deorbit burn and “began its own descent.” The capsule was recovered and “brought to JAXA headquarters at the Tsukuba Space Center for analysis.” As a result of the successful test mission, “JAXA can start using the HSRC to bring science experiments back to Earth using a Japanese aircraft, rather than having to hitch a ride with SpaceX’s Dragon capsule.” (Image Credit: JAXA/Twitter
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