Japanese supply run to space station delayed again

In this Sept. 14, 2018, photo, an H-2B rocket carrying the Kounotori 7 cargo spacecraft is seen at Tanegashima Space Center in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima. The Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. The countdown was halted Saturday, Sept. 15, in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.(Kyodo News via AP)

A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again.

The countdown was halted Saturday local time in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.

The Japanese space agency said there was an issue with the propulsion system. No new launch date has been set.

The cargo ship — the seventh to be launched by Japan — contains new batteries needed for a pair of NASA spacewalks.

NASA says the delay will cause the spacewalks — which had been scheduled over the next two weeks — to slip even further. The lithium-ion batteries will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries in the space station's solar-generating electrical system.

Five tons of supplies are loaded into the capsule named Kounotori, Japanese for white stork.

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