An unplanned abort maneuver performed by the H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3) as it departed the International Space Station (ISS) last September has been traced to friction between the Japanese cargo vessel’s grapple fixture and the space station’s robotic arm, which nudged the vessel off course during release. NASA spokesman Joshua Byerly says the HTV-3 abort was caused by an interaction between the grapple fixture on the vehicle and the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) ...

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