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SpaceX Wins NASA Contract For Global Surface Water Survey Satellite Launch In 2021

NASA has comparison SpaceX for a launch of a first-of-its-kind scholarship satellite — a Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft. The launch, scheduled to take place in Apr 2021, will take place from a Vandenberg Air Force Base in California regulating a Falcon 9 rocket, a space group pronounced in a statement released Wednesday.

“Designed to make a first-ever tellurian consult of Earth’s aspect water, in further to high-resolution sea measurements, a SWOT goal will collect minute measurements of how H2O bodies on Earth change over time,” NASA said. “The satellite will consult during slightest 90 percent of a globe, study Earth’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans, during slightest twice each 21 days, assist in freshwater government around a world, to urge sea dissemination models and continue and meridian predictions.”

The launch of a satellite, that will be jointly grown and managed by NASA and a French space group Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, is approaching to cost roughly $112 million.

“We’re vehement to lift this vicious scholarship load into circuit for NASA, a nation, and a general community,” Gwynne Shotwell, boss and arch handling officer of SpaceX, told SpaceNews. “We conclude NASA’s partnership and certainty in SpaceX as a launch provider.”

In further to a blurb resupply services contracts for smoothness of load and organisation to a International Space Station, SpaceX now binds another NASA contract — valued during approximately $87 million, awarded by a space group in Dec 2014 for a launch of a Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite next year.

NASA, on a part, is looking for ways to cut costs of a other space missions — including a designed crewed missions to Mars — by augmenting partnerships with private companies such as SpaceX and a United Launch Alliance. This is something that is also expected to continue under Donald Trump’s presidency, as Vice President-elect Mike Pence has vowed to “promote increasing team-work with a blurb space industry.”

However, SpaceX is nonetheless to resume launches given a Sept.1 explosion that broken one of a Falcon 9 rockets on a launch pad. CEO Elon Musk recently said the company’s rocket launches will expected restart in mid-December.

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