July 4, 2012 Updated KOUNOTORI3 under preparation to be loaded onto the H-IIB F3
The KOUNOTORI3 (HTV3), a cargo transporter to the International Space Station, was confirmed to have no problems for launch after propellant loading and battery charging followed by a visual inspection at the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building 2 (SFA2) at the Tanegashima Space Center.
On June 26 and 27, the KOUNOTORI3 was mated with the Payload Attach Fitting (PAF,) which is a holding stand of a payload on the launch vehicle. From June 30 thru July 1, the KOUNOTORI3 was encapsulated by a fairing, which is a protective cover on the top of the launch vehicle.
The encapsulated KOUNOTORI3 will be moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), and loaded onto the H-IIB F3. Some last-minute cargo will also be packed in the KOUNOTORI3 at the VABhttp://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/h2bf3/index_e.html