Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Ball Aerospace Completes Critical Design Review for NASA Mission

Ball Aerospace Completes Critical Design Review for NASA Mission

SpaceX's President and Chief Operating Officer, Gwynne Shotwell, made the following statement after the announcement of the contract award. The data is going to be related to the environment around the black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars. The award, announced July 8, is SpaceX's sixth launch contract for a NASA science mission and its least expensive offering to date. That supply of business for the venerable rocket, though, could be in jeopardy with NASA's decision to launch IXPE on the Falcon 9, as well as the emergence of low-priced small launch vehicles that would seek certification from NASA's Launch Services Program within the near future.

For SpaceX, the IXPE mission will serve as a clear indication of the company's capabilities in delivering vital payloads to space for scientific advancement. The expedition will also look into black holes and pulsar wind nebulae, which are nebula existing within the remnants of a supernova.

CAPE CANAVERAL-NASA has awarded SpaceX a $50 million contract to launch an X-ray observatory created to measure polarized light from black holes, neutron stars and other high-energy astrophysical objects. The launch will cost around $50.3 million taking place on April 2021.

The mission now is targeted to launch in April 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, NASA said. Back in 2014, NASA's Astrophysics Explorers Program requested proposals for new space missions.

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It's unlikely that IXPE will make use of the full payload performance of the Falcon 9.

For the IXPE mission, NASA aims to obtain a deeper understanding of how supermassive black holes are formed and how they affect their surroundings including their host galaxy. The last contract which signed between SpaceX and NASA was the Sentinel 6A ocean altimetry mission in November 2020 from California.

The IXPE mission was chosen in 2017 as one of NASA's minor astrophysics projects. Astronomers are expecting a lot from the IXPE mission as they are hoping that it will help them in revealing the spin of black holes and help them in the new discoveries about the extreme magnetic fields around a special type of neutron star called magnetars.

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