SpaceX has actually been awarded a brand-new contract by NASA to launch the company’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer or IXPE. This research study spacecraft will certainly examine polarized light from sources including neutron celebrities, pulsar wind galaxies, and supermassive black holes, as well as give far more imaging than existing space-based monitoring resources.
The objective will help scientists in the study of magnetars (a particular kind of neutron celebrity with especially powerful magnetic fields), great voids and also “Pulsar Wind Nebulae,” which are a galaxy that is located within the remains of a supernova.
SpaceX will certainly launch this IXPE objective aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9, and also the overall price for the agreement is around $50.3 million. The launch will take place in April 2021 per existing strategies, removing from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Facility in Florida.
“SpaceX is honored that NASA continues to place its trust in our proven launch vehicles to deliver important science payloads to orbit,” said SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell in a statement. “IXPE will serve as SpaceX’s sixth contracted mission under NASA’s LSP, two of which were successfully launched in 2016 and 2018, increasing the agency’s scientific observational capabilities.”
This is just one of a variety of upcoming launches SpaceX is acquired to do for NASA, consisting of the industrial resupply objectives it on a regular basis performs for the International Spaceport Station.