Japanese space agency JAXA’s H-IIB rocket lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 8:23 a.m. EST, or 10:23 p.m. local time, on Dec. 9. The launch vehicle’s cargo craft is loaded with a whopping 4.5 tons of supplies and equipment for the crew of the ISS.
The launch follows the loss of a 2.5-ton shipment of ISS cargo when a Soyuz Progress missed its designated orbit after a Dec. 1 launch in Kazakstan.
The Japanese cargo craft’s manifest includes gear needed for various tech experiments, including the testing of next-gen film solar cells. The Japanese cargo shipment originally was scheduled to launch in September until some leaking pipes force its postponement.
The cargo is expected to reach the space station Dec. 13.