ISS Welcomes First Japanese Cargo Ship

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pharge

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Great!... otherwise we will have to relie on Russian's spacecraft to deliver our stuffs to the ISS after next year.

So next question.... when are we going to have our own spacecraft to the ISS again?...
 

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For people that don't associate ISS with International Space Station at first glance, it appears as though the title says that it's Japan's first cargo ship... (boat) why don't we just call it a space shuttle instead...
 

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Once the shuttle is retired only Russian Soyuz vehicles will carry people up/down. Russian Progress vehicles will also be the prime resupply option other than these HTV vehicles or the ATV (european) ones.

And no, they're not shuttles, calling them that would be silly. Actually the shuttle refers to the entire stack on the ground before launch which includes the external tank and SRBs, once it's in space it's simply called an "orbiter." I think "space ship" is very appropriate for all vehicles, the problem is that the vast majority of people associate "space ships" with alien technology and outrageously cool designs we've seen in sci fi movies, the real things don't look anything like that.

Cheers!
 

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So this took place near 10PM and 2PM making the mission very happy, while also simultaneously happening at 7PM and 5PM making it very sad. Giving times on space missions is kind of pointless.
 

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[citation][nom]falchard[/nom]So this took place near 10PM and 2PM making the mission very happy, while also simultaneously happening at 7PM and 5PM making it very sad. Giving times on space missions is kind of pointless.[/citation]

I think they have a standard time for everyone that is used for stuff like that, when local times aren't relevant.
 

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Russian shuttles for people are cheaper than american shuttles.
Japanese unmanned shuttles is also likely cheaper (and probably by a great extent).

I fully support this.
 

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I dont think that things should be called Ships... spacecraft is better IMO Air crafts are not ships, or at least put a prefix on it. Just like you dont call a Semitruck a car.
 

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[citation][nom]RooD[/nom]I dont think that things should be called Ships... spacecraft is better IMO Air crafts are not ships, or at least put a prefix on it. Just like you dont call a Semitruck a car.[/citation]
"Kirov AirShipt reporting..." ring any bells :))
 
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"delivering much needed supplies and hardware to the crew on board"

probably lots of jap porn for those astronaut who are stuck in the station for half a year
 
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