Electron | CAPSTONE

Electron | CAPSTONE

Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

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Rocket Lab Ltd

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace manufacturer with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary. The company develops lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. The Electron Program was founded on the premise that small payloads such as CubeSats require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Its rocket, the Electron, is a light-weight rocket and is now operating commercially. Electron currently launches from only Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand however they are currently looking into developing a facility in the US.

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CAPSTONE

CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) is a 12-U cubesat mission to test operations in near rectiliniar halo orbit around the Moon, which is to be used for the Lunar Gateway space station. Mission will verify the near rectilinear halo orbit characteristics, spacecraft-to-spacecraft navigation services in that orbit, and provide valuable experience of small sat launch to the Moon.

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Electron


Height 18.00 Meters

Max Stages 3

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 162 kN

Diameter 1.20 Meters

Mass To LEO 300 kg

Liftoff Mass 13 Tonnes


Launch Success 23

Consecutive Success 6

Maiden Flight 2017-05-25

Launch Failures 3


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Nosu

2022-06-24T06:12:15+0000

Updating T-0

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Cosmic_Penguin

2022-06-23T02:30:45+0000

NET June 27

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Nosu

2022-06-16T20:32:30+0000

Adding T-0 and setting GO

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Nosu

2022-06-08T21:49:29+0000

NET June 25

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Nosu

2022-06-08T21:41:42+0000

No longer targeting June 13. Reverting to TBD June.

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Nosu

2022-06-02T14:23:39+0000

T-0 confirmed

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Jay

2022-05-31T22:05:31+0000

NET June 13 to allow additional time for final prelaunch checks

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Nosu

2022-05-25T07:23:17+0000

Adding T-0

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SwGustav

2022-05-20T22:35:48+0000

NET June 6th

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SwGustav

2022-05-11T20:54:50+0000

NET May 31st

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Cosmic_Penguin

2022-05-02T22:14:33+0000

NET May 27

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Cosmic_Penguin

2022-02-23T00:47:52+0000

NET Spring

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spacevogel

2021-10-13T19:33:59+0000

Launch is NET March 2022.

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Nosu

2021-10-12T21:06:34+0000

Launch now NET early 2022

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spacevogel

2021-08-06T19:30:08+0000

Launch pad changed from Rocket Lab's launch site in Wallops, Virginia to the one in New Zealand.

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Related Events

NASA Capstone Pre-Launch News Conference

2022-05-25T19:00:00+0000

NASA will host a media teleconference with partners Advanced Space and Rocket Lab at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 25, in advance of the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) launch.

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2022-05-03T11:43:05+0000

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2022-04-14T14:39:19+0000

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2022-02-22T12:29:37+0000

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2021-10-13T22:09:12+0000

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CAPSTONE launch delayed to March 2022

2021-08-07T18:35:04+0000

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NASA, Rocket Lab move first Artemis Moon launch – CAPSTONE – to New Zealand

2021-08-06T23:10:06+0000

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2020-02-15T18:10:00+0000

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NASA picks Rocket Lab to launch lunar CubeSat mission

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