TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Pref. (Kyodo) Japan successfully launched its new H-IIB rocket early Friday carrying its first unmanned transport vehicle used to supply the International Space Station.

The transport vehicle, HTV, separated from the H-IIB No. 1 rocket about 15 minutes after the 2:01 a.m. liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture and successfully achieved orbit, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

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