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 The Virginia Wing is taking CAP to the Moon.

This exciting opportunity for the Civil Air Patrol in partnership with Cornell University and Astrobotic Technology will take all the CAP members to the moon on a microchip the size of a postage stamp. This microchip will have the names etched on the stamp by a technique called Electron Beam Lithography.

 

 


 

Timeline of CAP Goes to the Moon

 

01 February 2021

Build Out by Cornell University

During this phase, we collected names of Civil Air Patrol members, names of StellarXplorers VII participants, vector images of CAP wing and region patches, and messages from CAP and AFA leadership. After all of this was transferred to the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) for integration onto the chip.

27,014 Civil Air Patrol names were uploaded.

- 1,374 AEMs

- 4,582 Cadets

- 21,058 Adult Members (Senior Members, Patrons, and Sponsors)

270 additional names from StellarXplorers VII competitors, team directors, and mentors. 

20 February 2021

Deliver Microchip to Astrobotic

Thank you to Major James Mathews, Group 3 Commander, who drove the microchip from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY all the way down to Pittsburgh, PA. The microchip is now awaiting placement on the Peregrine Lunar Lander.

  

March 2021

Integration into Peregrine Lander at Astrobotic

Pictures and update coming soon!

TBD 2021

Transport to Kennedy Space Center and Mate with Vulcan Launch Vehicle

Pictures and update coming soon!

TBD 2021

Launch!

Pictures and update coming soon!

TBD 2021

Two-week Journey to the Moon

Pictures and update coming soon!

TBD 2021

Arrival in Lunar Orbit

Pictures and update coming soon!

TBD 2021

Landing: We're on the Moon!

Pictures and update coming soon!

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