Japan sends Kounotori 2 spacecraft on suicide mission to review re-entry course of

Japan sends Kounotori 2 spacecraft on suicide mission to study re-entry process

An unmanned cargo ship constructed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) is about to go up in flames tomorrow within the identify of interplanetary analysis. Together with a load of area station junk, the Kounotori 2 spacecraft is packing one thing akin to a black field, also referred to as a Re-entry Breakup Recorder (REBR), that may acquire and transmit knowledge concerning the ship’s ultimate moments. The area station’s crew will activate the REBR earlier than Kounotori 2 begins its ultimate task. As quickly because it begins displaying indicators of re-entry, the sensor will start to gather knowledge together with temperature, acceleration, and rotation price, and can then break free from the craft for a last free fall to Earth, at which level the REBR will dump its findings. Scientist hope the gadget will assist reply questions on precisely what occurs when issues disintegrate throughout re-entry. If all goes in line with plan, the REBR will plunk down within the ocean someday later, however its host won’t ever be seen once more… farewell, Kounotori 2.

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