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Author Topic:   JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) fairing segments
Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-02-2013 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Japanese plastic model maker Aoshima recently released the eighth kit in their Space Craft Series, a 1:350 scale H-IIB Launch Vehicle and Movable Launcher.

Of particular interest to space hardware collectors, the kit includes a cut piece from the recovered H-IIB fairing that was used during the launch of HTV-2 "Kounotori 2" to the International Space Station on Jan. 22, 2011. From the text on the side of the model kit box:

This is a luxurious kit of H-IIB Rocket with Movable Launcher (ML), which has the highest launching performance in Japan. Moreover, the real fairing panel of HTV-2, which was launch in January of 2011, was cut into tiny pieces and put in the kit as a piece of special bonus. It's a very precious collector's item with which you can enjoy the romance of space development.

The model is for sale in the U.S. through Dragon Models USA, as well as through other hobby shops.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-30-2015 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you passed on ordering Aoshima's model with its included piece of HTV-2 fairing but still desire to own a part of a JAXA space station cargo vehicle launch, segments of the HTV-3 fairing are now available on their own through the Japanese store Village Vanguard. RocketNews24 describes:
For only 500 yen (US$4.05), you can now purchase legitimate fragments of a Japan-launched rocket being sold under the moniker uchuu gacha ("space capsules"). In fact, it's such a good deal that we just had to buy one for ourselves!

...an actual piece of the H-IIB (pronounced H2B) Vehicle No. 3, launched on July 21, 2012 from Tanegashima, an island located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

The fairing piece is made of aluminum alloy and comes encased in a plastic capsule (the "gacha"). Perhaps most exciting, it's matched with a certificate of authenticity and serial number verified by JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Unfortunately, as best I can tell, Village Vanguard only allows orders from customers in Japan (or at least their registration system is limited to Japanese prefectures).

JBoe
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posted 08-01-2015 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've attempted to make contact with several of the Japanese merchants who are selling the fairings. Unfortunately, Village Vanguard does not allow an order because it doesn't accommodate U.S. addresses even as a gift purchase. Although, I've been in contact with tokyouchu.com in possibly purchasing the fairing. They (tokyouchu.com) referred me to Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. However, I contacted Miraikan's gift shop via phone call. The language barrier and not being able to do an online order prevents one from this purchase.

If any cS'er is able to speak Japanese or currently residing in Japan they will be more successful. With that I would like to make contact with you and possible work together in buying a fairing! Thanks in advance!

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