NASA Communications Restored with Capstone Spacecraft
After spending a day in the dark, NASA has reconnected with its CAPSTONE spacecraft.
NASA has been successful in its attempt to re-establish contact with the Cislunar Autonomous Position Technology Operations and Navigational Experiment (CAPSTONE) spacecraft.
CAPSTONE, a CubeSat the size of a microwave oven, left low Earth orbit on a solo flight to the moon on July 4. However, the spacecraft encountered communication problems.
Advanced Space, the Colorado-based company that manages the NASA mission, tweeted: “We have restored communications with CAPSTONE. Spacecraft looks happy and well. More details to come.”
“Teams are preparing to conduct CAPSTONE’s first-course correction maneuver, which will more accurately target CAPSTONE’s transition orbit to the Moon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. m. EDT on July 7. Orbit around the Moon on November 13,” said a NASA statement.
According to Tech Crunch, the CAPSTONE spacecraft is the first step in NASA’s ambitious Artemis program, which plans to return humans to the Moon by the middle of this decade.
The team is still trying to figure out the root cause of the problem from the available data. Currently, the spacecraft is in its expected position with communications restored.
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