dearJulius.com Write For Us

SpaceX scores NASA contract to launch $50 million astrophysics mission

SHARE:

© Provided by Penske Media Corporation   SpaceX New Rocket Launch, Cape Canaveral, USA – 06 Feb 2018

By Mike Wehner, BGR

SpaceX and NASA are like two peas in a pod as of late, with the space program leaning heavily on SpaceX for everything from satellite launches to the eventual launch of crewed missions using the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Now, NASA and the leading commercial space company have shaken hands on another deal.

In an announcement on the agency’s website, NASA reveals that it has awarded SpaceX a $50.3 million launch contract for its X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission. The launch won’t take place for another couple of years, but when it finally gets underway it’ll be a SpaceX Falcon 9 that makes the magic happen.

At the moment, the mission is scheduled for launch in April 2021, at which point the IXPE spacecraft will be inserted into Earth orbit where it will offer astronomers some powerful new options in studying some of the most interesting objects in the universe.

“IXPE measures polarized X-rays from objects, such as black holes and neutron stars to better understand these types of cosmic phenomena and extreme environments,” NASA explains in a new blog post. “IXPE will fly three space telescopes with sensitive detectors capable of measuring the polarization of cosmic X-rays, allowing scientists to answer fundamental questions about these turbulent environments where gravitational, electric and magnetic fields are at their limits.”

The orbiting observatory has a planned mission duration of two years, but as with many NASA projects, it’s entirely possible that the spacecraft will get a new lease on life once its initial mission objectives have been wrapped up.

COMMENTS



Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

Name

AI,3,Amazon,1,Apple,5,Emoji,1,Facebook,17,Games,35,Google,7,Instagram,6,Science,205,Security,4,Social Media,24,Tech,242,Technology,1396,Tesla,5,Twitter,4,
ltr
item
Technology - U.S. Daily News: SpaceX scores NASA contract to launch $50 million astrophysics mission
SpaceX scores NASA contract to launch $50 million astrophysics mission
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I1GdWzKd27o/XSYZyoTLNQI/AAAAAAAAwwE/hWI9JQnzhuUFwDpefD9ySTaj7KLae3mEwCLcBGAs/s1600/1.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I1GdWzKd27o/XSYZyoTLNQI/AAAAAAAAwwE/hWI9JQnzhuUFwDpefD9ySTaj7KLae3mEwCLcBGAs/s72-c/1.jpg
Technology - U.S. Daily News
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/2019/07/spacex-scores-nasa-contract-to-launch.html
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/
https://tech.dailynews.us.com/2019/07/spacex-scores-nasa-contract-to-launch.html
true
4191228214535516123
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy