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Terran Orbital Integrates CAPSTONE Satellite With Electron Rocket for Lunar Mission

Terran Orbital Integrates CAPSTONE Satellite With Electron Rocket for Lunar Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

A Terran Orbital-built satellite was integrated aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket in preparation for a planned launch on Monday, June 27, from a launch complex in New Zealand in support of NASA’s Artemis program.

The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, also known as the CAPSTONE satellite, will lift off to test the near rectilinear halo orbit around the lunar surface and extend its reach to up to 1.5 million kilometers by following a ballistic lunar transfer, Terran Orbital said Friday.

The CAPSTONE spacecraft comes with a radio tower that can extend its size and is operated and owned by Advanced Space on behalf of the space agency.

CAPSTONE is an enormous achievement for small spacecraft exploration,” said Marc Bell, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Terran Orbital.

Terran Orbital is proud to have built, designed, and integrated the spacecraft for this historic mission and we look forward to running spacecraft operations throughout CAPSTONE’s journey,” he added.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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