Electron Electron
CAPSTONE
Mission
CAPSTONE NASA Mission Patch

CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) is a 12-U cubesat mission to test operations in near rectiliniar halo orbit around the Moon, which is to be used for the Lunar Gateway space station. Mission will verify the near rectilinear halo orbit characteristics, spacecraft-to-spacecraft navigation services in that orbit, and provide valuable experience of small sat launch to the Moon.

Mission Type Planetary Science
Orbit Lunar Orbit
Electron
Electron

Electron is a two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle (with an optional third stage) developed by the American aerospace company Rocket Lab. Electron is a small-lift launch vehicle designed to launch small satellites and cubesats to sun-synchronous orbit and low earth orbit. The Electron is the first orbital class rocket to use electric-pump-fed engines, powered by the 9 Rutherford engines on the first stage.

Manufacturer Rocket Lab Ltd
Thrust 162kN
Length 18m
Diameter 1.2m
LEO Capacity 300kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost $6m
Rocket Lab Ltd
Rocket Lab Ltd

Rocket Lab is an American aerospace manufacturer with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary. The company develops lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. The Electron Program was founded on the premise that small payloads such as CubeSats require dedicated small launch vehicles and flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Its rocket, the Electron, is a light-weight rocket and is now operating commercially. Electron currently launches from only Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand however a second launch complex in the US is under development.

Type Commercial
Administrator CEO: Peter Beck
Launch Vehicles Electron
Spacecraft None
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B
Location Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Total Launches 1
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