NASA and Partners Host CAPSTONE Pre-Launch Media Teleconference – Parabolic Arc


CAPSTONE (Credit: Terran Orbital)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) – NASA will host a media teleconference with its Advanced Space and Rocket Lab partners at 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25, ahead of the launch of the CAPSTONE (Capstone) Positioning System Operations and Navigation Experiment. Autonomous Cislunar, scheduled no earlier than Tuesday, May 31. Audio from the conference call will be streamed live on NASA’s website.

Attendees will discuss and answer questions about CAPSTONE’s launch preparations, its technology demonstrations, and how CAPSTONE will serve as a pathfinder for Gateway and future Artemis missions.

Participants in the teleconference include:

  • Christopher Baker, Small Spacecraft Technology Program Manager, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Bradley Cheetham, CEO of Advanced Space/Principal Investigator, CAPSTONE
  • Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab
  • Nujoud Merancy, Chief, Exploration Mission Planning Office, NASA Johnson Space Center Houston

The microwave-sized CubeSat will be the first spacecraft to test a unique lunar orbit that has never been flown before. The orbit, officially known as the Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit, is an elongated orbit located at a precise balance point between the gravities of Earth and the Moon. CAPSTONE will help de-risk future long-term deep-space missions – such as the Gateway lunar-orbiting outpost – by validating innovative navigation technologies and verifying orbital dynamics.

For more information about CAPSTONE, visit:

https://go.nasa.gov/3PteW7P

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