Japanese supply run to space station delayed again
Cape Canaveral, Fla. – A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again.
The countdown was halted Saturday local time in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.
A reason for the latest postponement was not immediately given. No new date has been set.
The cargo ship – the seventh to be launched by Japan – contains new batteries needed for a pair of NASA spacewalks.
NASA says the delay will cause the spacewalks – which had been scheduled over the next two weeks – to slip even further. The lithium-ion batteries will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries in the space station’s solar-generating electrical system.
Five tons of supplies are loaded into the capsule named Kounotori, Japanese for white stork.