Monday, June 27, 2022

The People at Rocket Lab Behind NASA's CAPSTONE Moon Mission

The People at Rocket Lab Behind NASA's CAPSTONE Moon Mission

Rocket Lab: "Going to the Moon is no small feat. Our team has been working on the historic CAPSTONE mission for more than 2 years, developing innovative tech to help us explore the Moon and beyond with small sats. Here is just a tiny glimpse of our incredible people behind the mission."

CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) is a new small satellite that will explore a unique orbit around the Moon, and blaze a trail for future lunar exploration. CAPSTONE will test a near-rectilinear halo orbit around the Moon and lead the way for our future Artemis lunar space station, called Gateway. 

CAPSTONE is scheduled to launch on June 28 at 5:55 a.m. EDT (9:55 UTC) on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. Watch live June 28 at 5 a.m. EDT (9 UTC) on NASA TV:  and on NASA social media.

Like Gateway, CAPSTONE continues the tradition of commercial partnerships, including American small businesses. The spacecraft was built and tested by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc., a Terran Orbital Corporation in Irvine, California, operated by Advanced Space, and will be launched by Rocket Lab of Long Beach, California.

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Credit: Rocket Lab

Duration: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Release Date: June 26, 2022

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