Next Mission: CAPSTONE

CAPSTONE
Mission Name
CAPSTONE
Rocket
Electron
Electron Name
Electron
Launch Window
June 28, 2022 UTC
Launch Time
09:50 UTC
Launch Site
Launch Complex 1

Mission Overview

In June 2022 Rocket Lab will launch a CubeSat to the Moon. This historic pathfinding mission supports NASA’s Artemis program which will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.

Using our Electron rocket and new Lunar Photon upper stage, Rocket Lab will inject the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat to a highly efficient transfer orbit to the Moon. CAPSTONE is owned and operated by Advanced Space in Westminster, Colorado, for NASA.

CAPSTONE’s primary objective is to test and verify the calculated orbital stability of a Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit around the Moon, the same orbit planned for Gateway. NASA’s Gateway is a small space station that will orbit around the Moon to provide astronauts with access to the lunar surface. It will feature living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research and ports for visiting spacecraft. CAPSTONE will also test a navigation system developed by Advanced Space that will measure its absolute position in cislunar space using interaction with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter without relying on ground stations for navigation support.

CAPSTONE is one of the first steps to learn how to operate more robust missions in this unique orbit, thus laying the groundwork for future exploration of our solar system.

Learn more about the CAPSTONE mission: 

www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/lunar/ 

www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/capstone

https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/683165720838864896/capstone-testing-a-path-to-the-moon

Press Kit

Launch Updates

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Contact

For launch safety information: 0800 110 623.

Marine vessels can also reach Rocket Lab Range Control on VHF Channel 7 or Channel 16. VHF Channel 79 broadcasts up-to-date information 24/7 on the status of the Marine Safety Zone.

Viewing A Launch

A live broadcast of the mission will be made available at approximately T-45 minutes to launch. 

Live Stream | Rocket Lab (rocketlabusa.com)