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NASA set to launch capstone as first piece of Artemis to the Moon today

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it will broadcast live launch coverage of its Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE), which will be carried out in a uniquely unique lunar orbit ahead of future missions with the crew. The first spacecraft to fly in 27 June 2022 on Monday.

The spacecraft CAPSTONE is to be launched as the first piece of Artemis to go to the Moon. Notably, there will be no astronauts on the capstone because the spacecraft is very small, only about the size of a microwave oven.

“CAPSTONE is targeted to launch on Monday, June 27, aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. The opportunity for an immediate launch is 6 a.m. Live coverage NASA Television, agency website and NASA app at 5 a.m. The destination for this microwave oven-sized CubeSat is a Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO). The same orbit is planned for the Gateway, according to the agency’s statement. There is a multipurpose outpost for long-term lunar missions as part of the agency’s Artemis program.

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About six days after launch, the Photon upper stage will release CAPSTONE into space for the first part of the spacecraft’s solo flight. After a four-month trip to the Moon, Capstone will test NRHO’s mobility for at least six months, helping to reduce the risk of future spacecraft, the space agency shared. “CAPSTONE will also demonstrate innovative spacecraft-to-spacecraft navigation technology and one-way capabilities that could help future spacecraft fly near the Moon with little need for communication with Earth,” it said. .

The agency further notified that the public is invited to “follow the capstone’s journey live using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System interactive real-time 3D data visualization”. A simulated solar system view.”

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NASA will post updates to the visualization on the agency’s Ames Research Center home page as well as on Twitter and Facebook. It is important to note that CAPSTONE is commercially owned and operated on behalf of NASA by Advanced Space in Westminster, Colorado.

It represents an innovative collaboration between NASA and industry to provide rapid results and feedback to inform future exploration and science missions. Tyvak Nano-satellite Systems, a Terran Orbital Corporation of Irvine, Calif., built the spacecraft. The mission also includes contributions from Stellar Exploration Inc., Space Dynamics Lab, Tethers Unlimited Inc. and Orion Space Systems, according to an agency statement.

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