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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #220 on: 07/04/2022 02:09 pm »
And from the DSN status (https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html) at Madrid:

SPACECRAFT
NAME
CAPSTONE

RANGE
-

ROUND-TRIP LIGHT TIME
-

ANTENNA
NAME
DSS 54

AZIMUTH
243.70 deg

ELEVATION
62.76 deg

WIND SPEED
7.41 km/hr

MODE
-

DOWN SIGNAL
SOURCE
CAPSTONE

TYPE
DATA

DATA RATE
260.40 kb/sec

FREQUENCY
8.46 GHz

POWER RECEIVED
-101.83 dBm
(6.57 x 10-17 kW)

DOWN SIGNAL
SOURCE
CAPSTONE

TYPE
DATA

DATA RATE
260.40 kb/sec

FREQUENCY
8.46 GHz

POWER RECEIVED
-101.84 dBm
(6.54 x 10-17 kW)

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #221 on: 07/04/2022 06:12 pm »
Do we have a rough schedule of propulsive events for Photon after CAPSTONE separation?
RL plan to take few close up photo's of moon with Photo as it flys pass. Last I heard it follow similar path to Capstone and orbit back to Earth for disposal in few months.

NB RL havn't been very for coming about what happens to Photon from how on, just snippets from interviews with RL staff.


I wonder if they'll attempt to slingshot it into a heliocentric orbit. Would be a great opportunity to practice long-term and long-distance communications with Photon, in preparation for interplanetary missions.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2022 02:18 pm by zubenelgenubi »

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #222 on: 07/04/2022 07:22 pm »
Congrats to RocketLab, the little company that could! Amazing that they have an upper kick module now that can end out small beyond-Earth spacecraft!

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #223 on: 07/05/2022 12:13 am »
The @AdvancedSpace/NASA CAPSTONE and @RocketLab Photon Lunar are now more than 150,000 km from Earth, and I have added them to my deep space catalog as objects D01095 and D01096..

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1544081055442944003

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #224 on: 07/05/2022 12:32 am »
CAPSTONE was our first lunar mission, but we ticked off plenty of other firsts too! The mission heritage gained on CAPSTONE sets us up well for upcoming missions to Mars and Venus..

https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1544042851511570432

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #225 on: 07/05/2022 02:39 am »
From LinkedIn:  MISSION SUCCESS!

Lunar Photon has deployed the CAPSTONE satellite to a ballistic lunar transfer. With Rocket Lab’s role in the mission now complete, CAPSTONE has started its solo journey to the Moon.

This is a monumental mission for our team, for NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for our mission partners and for the future of space exploration. CAPSTONE is the very first mission of NASA’s Artemis program – humanity’s return to the Moon is underway thanks to Photon and Electron.

Missed the CAPSTONE deployment webcast? Watch here: https://lnkd.in/d5GDwmPe


Is now a good time to mention we have launch and spacecraft operations roles open? Join the team and it could be you in mission control when we go to Venus, Mars and beyond. https://lnkd.in/dnVPDZgM

« Last Edit: 07/05/2022 03:01 am by CameronD »
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #226 on: 07/05/2022 05:17 am »
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1544188287627145216

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This spacecraft is now more than 200,000 km from Earth #LunarPhoton

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #227 on: 07/05/2022 05:58 am »
https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1544185765902618627

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Various sources are expressing concern for the status of the CAPSTONE spacecraft as it heads towards Lagrange SEL1. Waiting for information from @AdvancedSpace or @NASA, who have reported nothing since the initial acquisition after separation.

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DSS26 is continuously uplinking data to call CAPSTONE in both S and X band ranges, not a good sign for the S/C. Seems a LOS event.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2022 02:21 pm by zubenelgenubi »

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #228 on: 07/05/2022 06:29 am »
https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1544185765902618627

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Various sources are expressing concern for the status of the CAPSTONE spacecraft as it heads towards Lagrange SEL1. Waiting for information from @AdvancedSpace or @NASA, who have reported nothing since the initial acquisition after separation.

This amateur satellite tracker has also noticed the lack of a downlink signal from the satellite when he attempted to observe it, and the subsequent DSN activity:

https://twitter.com/coastal8049/status/1544188549842407425

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Scott Tilley 🇺🇦
@coastal8049
#CAPSTONE appears to have stopped communicating with #NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN).  After the spacecraft was deployed early on July 4th, it communicated successfully with the DSN station in Madrid, Spain.
🧵

Hopefully we will see official updates from NASA or Advanced Space tomorrow after the long weekend in USA.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #229 on: 07/05/2022 07:41 am »
twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1544188287627145216

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This spacecraft is now more than 200,000 km from Earth #LunarPhoton

https://twitter.com/peter_j_beck/status/1544217801912504320

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And going strong.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2022 07:42 am by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #230 on: 07/05/2022 07:47 am »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #231 on: 07/05/2022 07:59 am »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

Well, if none of the 20 kg reserve propellant was used, I estimate a delta-V of 2866*ln(1+20/55) = 889 m/s of delta-V is available! A direct injection to NRO is 428.5 m/s. As CAPSTONE is using ballistic Lunar transfer (BLT), it only had 200 m/s, of which 20 to 60 m/s is for the BLT. I think this is definitely the backup plan if CAPSTONE doesn't work. Of course, Lunar Photon would require its communications systems to be able to work at Lunar distances.
« Last Edit: 07/05/2022 08:03 am by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #232 on: 07/05/2022 08:04 am »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

Certainly not - CAPSTONE has already separated from Lunar Photon.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #233 on: 07/05/2022 08:48 am »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

Certainly not - CAPSTONE has already separated from Lunar Photon.

I was thinking it might be able to relay radio signals or perhaps use any camera's it has to check the CAPSTONE satellite.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #234 on: 07/05/2022 09:17 am »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

Certainly not - CAPSTONE has already separated from Lunar Photon.

I was thinking it might be able to relay radio signals or perhaps use any camera's it has to check the CAPSTONE satellite.

It is neither equipped for communication relay nor for proximity operations.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #235 on: 07/05/2022 09:31 am »
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1544235846223532032

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✅Flawless launch on Electron 🚀
✅Precise deployment of CAPSTONE from our Lunar Photon spacecraft 🛰️

Rocket Lab’s role in the #CAPSTONE Moon mission is now complete! Lunar Photon is in great shape in deep space with propellant left so we’re exploring exciting secondary missions

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #236 on: 07/05/2022 02:05 pm »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

How?  It just an upper stage.

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #237 on: 07/05/2022 02:07 pm »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

Certainly not - CAPSTONE has already separated from Lunar Photon.

I was thinking it might be able to relay radio signals or perhaps use any camera's it has to check the CAPSTONE satellite.

No such thing as a relay.  They are dissimilar vehicles.  And too far for camera

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #238 on: 07/05/2022 02:08 pm »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

How?  It just an upper stage.

It's an upgraded upper stage that can function on its own like a satellite. Even if CAPSTONE fails, Photon will be used to go to "interesting places" according to Peter Beck, thus fulfilling its own intriguing mission.

https://twitter.com/Peter_J_Beck/status/1544303690994966528

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Re: Electron : CAPSTONE : LC-1 : 28 June 2022 (09:55 UTC)
« Reply #239 on: 07/05/2022 02:10 pm »
It would be interesting if Rocket Lab's Photon could somehow help resolve the CAPSTONE issues.

How?  It just an upper stage.

It's an upgraded upper stage that can function on its own like a satellite.

A meaningless point. Even if there were another satellite on the mission, it doesn't mean it would be able to do anything relative to CAPSTONE.

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