UPDATE: CAPSTONE successfully deployed solar arrays. NASA continues to resume communications
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 06 July 2022, at 07:19 am Los Angeles time
UPDATE 10:30 am Los Angeles time: "Mission operators have re-established contact with NASA's Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) spacecraft. Additional updates will be provided," said NASA
Very good news from NASA regarding the CAPSTONE spacecraft.
NASA's Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) has successfully deployed its solar networks, was stabilized and began charging its onboard battery, according to a post on the NASA blog.
But, even so, the communication problems encountered recently, led to the postponement of a maneuver to correct the trajectory of the spacecraft, scheduled for July 5.
In addition, there is another problem for the NASA team that coordinates the CAPSTONE spacecraft and that the little data doesn't show exactly how fast the spacecraft travels through space and its approximate position.
There have been losses of contact between NASA and one of its spacecraft or satellites in the past, but in most cases, contact was resumed.
That's what NASA is doing now, trying to resume communications with CAPSTONE, and most likely the space agency will have success.
Let's hope this will happen and they don't lose control of the spaceship at all, because this could affect the Artemis program.