The satellite uses a more favorable trajectory (in terms of fuel consumption) than said Apollo to reach this orbit. Apollos had to slow down a lot to get into orbit around the Moon, Capstone (if it still was ) shoots at a distance of 1.5 million km from Earth, then retracts and (with only slight trajectory corrections when necessary) is “caught” (ballistic capture) in the correct orbit around the Moon.
Delta-V (spacecraft’s available speed/power) is based on the amount of fuel versus the mass of your spacecraft. So if you can achieve a certain goal with less fuel, you will have more “room” (pun intended) for mass. So it is very likely that supplies to the Moon bases will also be by the way, after all you can take with you (a lot) more.
Additionally, slowing down a large/heavy ship in space (with the engines) is very difficult, you turn your ship ‘reverse sailing’ (backwards) and then start the engines. Then fly through your extreme emissions.
As long as you don’t have life on board and time isn’t a big factor, using physical phenomena (such as ballistic teleportation or, say, using gravity on orbs for acceleration) is the best option.
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