SpaceX Wins Contract To Launch NASA Earth Science Satellite In 2021

Posted: Nov 23 2016, 5:23am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

SpaceX Wins Contract to Launch NASA Earth Science Satellite in 2021
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  • SpaceX Wins NASA Satellite Launch Contract for First-Ever Global Survey of Earth's Water
  • SpaceX to Launch NASA Earth Science Satellite in 2021
 

SpaceX has signed a contract with NASA and will launch its Earth Science satellite in the year 2021.

SpaceX has won a contract with NASA regarding the launch of its Earth Science satellite which will be placed aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in the year 2021.

NASA will be covering the costs which amount to $112 million. Termed the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft, it is due for take-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Among the small print text on the contract are such things as the launch amenity, spacecraft processing, payload integration, constant tracking, data entry and last but not least telemetry support. 

This is the third contract SpaceX has signed on with NASA. Besides this, NASA has also awarded SpaceX its contracts regarding the commercial cargo and crew programs.

A Falcon 9 launched the Jason-3 satellite in January of this year. This was under the rubric of a contract signed four years ago. Also, two years ago, SpaceX got a contract from NASA for the launch of the TESS mission. This one has its due date set for the winter months of 2017. 

The SWOT contract has a higher price than the other contracts won by SpaceX. As for the Jason-3 contract, it cost approximately $82 million. The TESS award was set at $87 million.

All these contract costs are steeper than those for launch purposes only. The cost of the contracts in fact includes other services by agencies besides SpaceX.

These agencies are a necessary part of the mix. The spokesperson from SpaceX said that they were excited and eager to be carrying this payload into space for the sake of space exploration, the international community and the nation.  

NASA’s selection in the form of SpaceX cannot be doubted no matter what. Besides, this satellite is unique and singular in its makeup. The first global survey of the earth’s water will take place thanks to this satellite.

How the waterways of the earth change over time will be calculated. 90% of the global village will get covered. Everything from lakes and rivers to reservoirs and oceans will be monitored twice every three weeks or so.

The feedback from this satellite will come in handy in future planning for the world’s major bodies of water. These plans will continue under the upcoming POTUS Donald Trump’s reign in office. 

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