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ArgoMoon is a 6U cubesat designed to demonstrate the ability of this type of small spacecraft to conduct precise proximity maneuvers in deep space. To do this the cubesat will use its narrow field of view camera detailed images of the ESA-provided Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) following the Orion Crew Vehicle separation on Artemis 1 and as it launches its other cubesat payloads. To perform autonomous navigation and target fine pointing, ArgoMoon uses wide field of view to provide images onboard autonomous navigation and target fine pointing. ArgoMoon will also collect telemetry to validate the use of nanotechnology in the deep space environment.

ArgoMoon launched as a secondary payload on the Artemis 1 mission on 16 November 2022. It was deployed into a heliocentric orbit, but because it was tumbling at a higher rate than expected when deployed, it was unable to return pictures of the Orion separation or deployment of the other CubeSats. It is expected to last a few months up to the natural decay of its orbit.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2022-11-16
    Launch Vehicle: SLS Block 1 Crew
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
    Mass: 14 kg

    Funding Agency

    • European Space Agency (International)


    • Planetary Science
    • Communications
    • Technology Applications
    • Engineering

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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