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2015-May-26, 03:54 AM
Japan's unmanned cargo spacecraft Kounotori may be redesigned to save cost and for multipurpose use. Kounotori will still be used for the next two missions at least. Redesigning the spacecraft would bring the cost manufacturing cost by 50%.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Japan_to_redesign_cargo_spacecraft_for_cost_saving _multifunction_999.html

Auto parts may even be used to save costs in the recast of the cargo transfer craft, local media reported on Thursday.

Remodeling the spacecraft could halve the current 20 billion yen (about 165 million U.S. dollars) manufacturing cost, the Asahi Shimbun quoted the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as saying.

"We will use high-level technologies that can be used for a variety of purposes in the future," the ministry said in January when it adopted its latest measures governing the nation's space program.

The redesigned craft is expected to be launched by 2020.