Sunday, 14 August, 2022

NASA’s Capstone project launched

NASA successfully launched the CAPSTONE project on June 28 which is the first step forward towards paving the way for the Artemis missions that will put astronauts back on the moon after a gap of 50 years.

A small spacecraft launched on June 28 from New Zealand as part of the CAPSTONE mission. It contained a CubeSat satellite about the size of a microwave.

Its objective is to reduce the risk for future spacecraft by testing out innovative navigation technologies and a new halo-shaped orbit that could be used by a space station orbiting the moon in the future.

The mission carries a dedicated payload flight computer and radio that will perform calculations to determine whether the CubeSat is in intended orbital path. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the reference point.