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CAPSTONE, The Electron Launches A Set Of Lunar Cubes 

CAPSTONE, The electron launches a set of Lunar cubes. An electron in a rocket lab exploded on June 28 with  NASA. 

The Electron rocket successfully launched a NASA-funded Cubesat mission on June 28 to test the stability of the lunar orbit. The agency plans to use it for future lunar missions. Artemis.

CAPSTONE, The Launch Of Electron 

The Electron rocket took off at 5:55 from the 1B Rocket Lab launch complex in New Zealand. East. Accordingly, Electron deployed the Photon kick stage nine minutes after takeoff. And then launched its HyperCurie engine twice an hour to increase its orbit.

Within five days, the photon causes a series of burns and gradually increases the apogeum of its orbit. The last fire, six days after the start, gets the car on a lunar monthly trajectory. 

Then, Photon will deploy its charge, cubesat NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE).

CAPSTONE Launch To Moon

CAPSTONE will follow the low-energy trajectory to the Moon. And arrive in an almost straight halo orbit (NRHO) around the month of November. 13.

Accordingly, this trajectory will reduce the drive by the CAPSTONE. It is a 12U set of 25 kilogram cubes, to enter the trajectory. CAPSTONE owns and operates Advanced Space. 

Following a Colorado company won a 2019 contract with NASA to develop an NRHO robustness spacecraft. NASA plans to use it for Artemis missions, including the Lunar Gateway. 

However, the contract is worth $ 19.98 million, said Christopher Baker, NASA’s small spacecraft technology program manager, at a May pre-launch briefing.

The spacecraft itself was built by Terran Orbital, powered by Stellar Exploration. Then, NASA awarded the Rocket Lab a $ 9.95 million launch contract in 2020.

However, another part of CAPSTONE is a test of the autonomous navigation system. Then, CAPSTONE will send signals to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to measure its position.

Now, representatives of the data agency said that part of the CAPSTONE mission to better understand the NRHO outside the Artemis mission is useful, but not necessary.

Statement Of Johnson Space Center

 “Data can be very useful in improving models. Perhaps in search of efficiency, but it is not necessary or necessary to go through it.” said Nujoud Merancy, head of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) reconnaissance mission planning office. pre-launch briefing.

“CAPSTONE already offers planning and development benefits for Gateway and Artemis,” said Brad Cheetham. CEO of Advanced Space. “Our team works with the JSC team every day.”

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