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NASA's CAPSTONE Moonbound probe stuck in safe mode

NASA’s CAPSTONE Moonbound probe stuck in safe mode

Artist view of CAPSTONE.

Artist view of CAPSTONE.
picture: NASA

NASA’s CAPSTONE probe has nearly completed its four-month journey to the Moon, where it will test a unique halo-shaped orbit in preparation for a future space station. But last weekend, When the probe performed the address correction maneuver, CAPSTONE entered safe mode from which it has not yet exited.

CAPSTONE entered safe mode on the evening of Thursday, September 8, with the probe performing a course correction maneuver. In a brief summary, NASA said the Capstone mission team “has good knowledge of the spacecraft’s condition and condition.” statement. “The mission operations team is in contact with the spacecraft and is working on a solution with the support of the Deep Space Network. Additional updates will be provided as they become available. No further updates have been provided since the statement was released on September 10.

“The mission operations team is in contact with the spacecraft and is working to resolve this anomaly,” NASA-funded Advanced Space, which owns and operates the probe, said in a statement. statement. “As settlement efforts progress, more updates will be made available. The spacecraft is still on its planned course to the Moon.

capstoneOr experience operating and navigating via Cislunar Autonomous GPS technology, Spear In space on June 28 aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. The 55-pound (25-pound) cube is on an exploration mission for NASA’s Artemis program, which seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on and around the moon.

Once on the moon, NASA-funded CAPSTONE will enter near rectilinear halo (NRHO), a fuel-efficient orbit that takes advantage of the neutral gravitational points produced by the earth and moon. In this gravitationally stable orbit, NASA and its partners plan to build a space station on the moon called bridge. CAPSTONE, designed and engineered by Terran Orbital, will serve as an advanced explorer to confirm theoretical models on this unique orbit.

The job got off to a rough start when there was a connection problem Mission observers were prevented from contacting the probe in early July. The problem was caused by a Badly coordinated, which was used to output CAPSTONE radio. Naturally, restarting the system resolved the issue. Once communications were restored, the team was able to perform the probe’s first corrective maneuver.

On August 26, CAPSTONE reached its farthest point from Earth, or apogee, at a distance of 951.908 miles (1.53 million km). CAPSTONE is scheduled to enter the NRHO on November 13, 2022. At least that’s the plan. Fingers crossed that NASA and Advanced Space are solving this last problem with the probe, and that this important mission can continue.

after, after: NASA’s Artemis Moon Landing Program: Launches, schedule, and more.

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