Small delays for the spacecraft contributing to the first lunar space station
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 22 May 2022, at 09:00 am Los Angeles time
NASA, Rocket Lab, and Advanced Space are aiming to launch the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) mission.
It will be launched no earlier than June 6, 2022, at Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1 (LC-1) on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.
The launch period extends until June 22, 2022, and NASA will decide on an exact date, most likely in the coming weeks.
CAPSTONE is a spacecraft to verify and test the calculated orbital stability planned for the Lunar Gateway space station.
This station is wanted by major space agencies such as ESA, NASA, CSA, etc, as well as by astronomers that think we will find more about our Moon.
The Gateway space station, which will be in orbit on the moon, will not be very different from the international space station, only slightly smaller. It will have science labs, short-term habitation modules, and many other things very useful both for future astronauts on the Moon or in the Moon's orbit and future Artemis missions or lunar rovers.
Gateway Station should be ready in November 2024, with delays, we should expect it somewhere in the summer of 2025 if not later.