On the 4th August at 4:48am (Japanese Standard Time) Joshua Thomson’s record Platinum Metres came closer to its ultimate conclusion. The L.P. was launched into space from the Japanese Tanegashima Space Centre onboard a nano-satellite.
The nano-satellite travelled on a H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), called Kounotori or White Stork towards the International Space Station, where it will soon be launched into orbit.
The launch and rendezvous with the ISS were streamed live online by JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Footage from those streams can be found here and here.
This is a very exciting journey for Platinum Metres.