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HTV6 countdown to launch with Rakon space oscillators inside

Rakon 6 December 2016

As the clock counts down to the launch of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), Rakon is proud to continue its long involvement with the space industry. Due to launch this Friday, the HTV6 also known as ‘Kounotori6', will set off on its mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Rakon’s space oscillators are in the latest JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle.

“Rakon has a strong heritage in the space industry and has been the oscillator supplier of choice for many international space programmes for more than twenty years,” said Fabrice Goulven, Strategic Marketing Manager for Space and Defence at Rakon.

The Kounotori has the world’s largest loading capacity for a transfer vehicle of approximately six tonnes, has unique functions such as its International Standard Racks, and plays a key role in ISS operations.

“We are pleased to continue playing our part in stretching the boundaries of performance and reliability via our space products, as advancements in technologies continuously evolve,” he says.

Mr. Goulven says Rakon is unique in that it offers a diverse range of high reliability frequency control products.

“Rakon is one of the world’s largest solutions providers of high reliability frequency control products for applications that require the most stringent performance criteria. We have frequency control solutions for all types of spacecraft whether it be navigation, observation, telecommunication satellites, transportation vehicles or exploration probes.”

“We are proud to work alongside government and commercial programmes the world over, to contribute to science progress.”

About Rakon
Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions that provide the heartbeat of much of today’s communications and positioning technology. Rakon was founded in Auckland in 1967 and is listed on the New Zealand stock exchange. For more information visit

Transfer vehicles to the ISS
Resupply missions to the ISS typically use the Russian Progress spacecraft, European Automated Transfer Vehicles, Japanese Kounotori vehicles, and the American Dragon and Cygnus spacecraft.

Rakon Contact:
Louise Howe (Media Liaison)
+64 21 2060985