Thank you to our CAPSTONE Mission Partners
As we count down to launch, we wanted to extend a thank you to everyone who has made this possible. While we take great pride in our team here at Advanced Space, we know it takes an industry built from the community we are part of. Today we highlight those who made this mission possible, and what their role is in CAPSTONE:
- NASA: CAPSTONE’s development is supported by the Space Technology Mission Directorate via the Small Spacecraft Technology program and the Small Business Innovation Research program based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. The Artemis Campaign Development Division within NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate funds the launch and supports mission operations. NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch management and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center who was instrumental in their support of the CAPS technology being used in the mission.
- Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc., a Terran Orbital Corporation: Spacecraft design, development and implementation, hardware manufacturing, assembly, testing and mission operations support.
- Stellar Exploration: Propulsion subsystem provider.
- Rocket Lab USA, Inc.: Launch provider launching CAPSTONE on a three-stage Electron launch vehicle.
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL): Communication, tracking, and telemetry downlink via NASA’s Deep Space Network, Iris radio design and groundbreaking 1-way navigation algorithms.
- Space Dynamics Lab (SDL): Iris radio and navigation firmware provider.
- Orion Space Solutions (formerly Astra): Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) hardware provider necessary for the 1-way ranging experiment.
- Tethers Unlimited, Inc. – Cross Link radio provider
Special acknowledgments and thank you to our NASA team partners Chris Baker, Elwood Agasid, Roger Hunter, John Baker, Clare Skelly Farcy, and Sarah Frazier.