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NASA scrambles after temporarily losing contact with the $ 32.7M satellite

NASA personnel lost contact with the $ 32.7 million satellite, which plays a key role in the space agency's long-term efforts to return to the Moon. , I re-contacted on Wednesday.

NASA said earlier this week that it was experiencing "communication problems" with satellites and was called the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE).

The problem began shortly after a small 55-pound satellite was launched from a site in New Zealand on June 28. The satellite first contacted a Spanish-based ground station and previously partially contacted another site in California. Drop off from the grid. A spokesman for the

authorities said the authorities were "workingto understand the cause and regain contact with CAPSTONE."

"From these contacts, the mission operator was able to determine the approximate position and speed of CAPSTONE in space," NASA said in a statement.  


"As a result of communication problems, the initial CAPSTONE Delayed the first ballistic correction operation scheduled for the morning of July 5, "a spokesman for the authorities added.

According to NASA, the satellites are almost microwave-sized, and by "a few days" until communication was reestablished, there was enough fuel for the next travel phrase.

NASA was able to regain contact with the satellite by Wednesday morning, but authorities did not immediately explain what had happened.

"The mission operator has reestablished contact with NASA's Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) spacecraft. An update will be provided, "the agency said in the update.

NASA describes the CAPSTONE device as a "pathfinder" for determining the safe orbital path of the planned lunar space station. The agency is working on a project called "Artemis" – a public-private partnership aimed at returning astronauts to the moon.


"After a four month trip to your destination, CAPSTONE is this In a blog postexplaining the mission, NASA described the area around the Moon to understand the characteristics of the orbit for at least 6 months.

" Specifically, it validates the power and propulsion requirements to maintain the trajectory predicted by NASA's model and reduces logistic uncertainty. ”

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