SpaceX Awarded Launch Services Contract for IMAP Mission by NASA

SpaceX HIF at LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA | photo: Jon Van Horne

Space Coast, FL – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), was selected by NASA for their Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission. This will help provide a better understanding for researchers of the heliosphere. The heliosphere is a magnetic barrier that encompasses our solar system. This area is where the solar wind from our Sun collides with other winds from distant stars. Therefore places a limit on the amount of hazardous cosmic radiation entering. The IMAP mission will gather and map neutral particles that come through. The probe will also check out the basic processes of how particles are accelerated in outer-space.

The cost for NASA of this mission is about $109.4 million.

Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA | photo: Jon Van Horne

Along with IMAP, secondary payloads will be included in the launch. They are: NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission, two additional NASA heliophysics missions of opportunity (yet to be named) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) mission.

The mission is slated for October 2024 on a Falcon 9 rocket booster from SLC-40 at Cape Capecanaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA.

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.

reference: NASA