Little CAPSTONE cubesat ready to launch on big moon mission next month

Early next month, Rocket Lab is slated to launch a pathfinding cubesat mission that supports NASA’s Artemis return-to-the moon program.

The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment ā€” mercifully called CAPSTONE for short ā€” tips the scales at a modest 55 pounds (25 kilograms). This microwave-oven-sized spacecraft will be lofted from New Zealand aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket equipped with a Lunar Photon upper stage.

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