The 25 kg Capstone microsatellite, the size of a microwave oven, went missing shortly after it was launched on July 4. separated from the Photon upper stage and began its independent journey to the Moon.
The spacecraft team is currently working to understand the cause and restore contact. The team has data on the spacecraft’s trajectory.
Fraser also noted that the satellite has enough fuel to delay the initial trajectory correction maneuver after separation by several days.
Recall that the launch of the Capstone spacecraft took place on June 28 from the cosmodrome on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand using the Electron launch vehicle of the American company Rocket Lab. Capstone is to help calculate the orbit for the future lunar station Gateway.
As previously reported by the press service of the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is planned that Capstone will enter its final almost rectilinear halo orbit on November 13, 2022. Now those plans are in jeopardy.