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Joint Moon Orbit Launches

NASA Selected Rocket Lab for a Launch as Part of the Artemis Project

— February 18, 2020 — Tech
NASA selected Rocket Lab to launch a payload to the moon as part of the Artemis project. The payload will contain NASA's CAPSTONE, which is a Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment. The launch is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2021, at NASA's Virginia location.

Before the Rocket Lab launch, a navigation demonstration will take place, where a small satellite will be launched.

The decision to have Rocket Labs handle the launch is in line with NASA's current direction, as the space agency continues to rely on the private sector to handle different tasks. Rocket Lab also has a reputation for being able to orchestrate quick, and cost-effective, launches.


Image Credit: NASA
Trend Themes
1. Private Sector Space Launches - Private sector companies are increasingly being selected by governmental space agencies to carry out space missions.
2. Cislunar Autonomous Navigation Systems - Research and development in autonomous positioning and navigation technology is being prioritized for future space missions.
3. Small Satellite Navigation - The rise of small satellites for navigation demonstration is driving innovation in space technology and launch capabilities.
Industry Implications
1. Space Launch Services - The increasing collaboration between governmental space agencies and private companies provides ample opportunities for space launch service providers.
2. Space Technology Research and Development - Research and development in cislunar autonomous positioning and navigation technologies is a growing industry that will play a vital role in future space exploration.
3. Satellite Navigation Technology - Innovations in satellite navigation technology are driving the development of smaller and more cost-effective satellites that can be used for a variety of purposes.
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