NASA orders `` Launch of asteroid exploration mission by Falcon Heavy '' for SpaceX for about 13 billion yen

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U.S.A.National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signs agreement to use private space company SpaceX rocket `` Falcon Heavy '' to launch spacecraft for Psyche mission to search for asteroid belt asteroid between Mars and Jupiter It was announced that it was signed for $ 10,000 (about 12.7 billion yen).

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for the Psyche Mission | NASA

SpaceX wins launch contract for NASA mission to study unique metal asteroid

The Psyche Mission is a mission to explore the 'metal core' of the asteroid ' Psyche ' orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Also included are secondary missions such as the Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE), which study the atmosphere of Mars, and the Janus project, which studies double asteroids .

The Psyche mission will be launched by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy from the 39th launch facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the summer of 2022. The launched spacecraft will pass near Mars in 2023, reach the asteroid belt with the power from solar panels as a driving force, and plan to search for several months.

Falcon Heavy used for the launch has been successfully launched on February 6, 2018. In April 2019, Arabsat-6A , a Saudi communication satellite, was successfully launched and is now in the commercial stage.

Successful launch of SpaceX's super large rocket `` Falcon Heavy '' that realized the SF world of an open car aiming for Mars-gigazine

This is not the first time NASA has signed a contract with SpaceX, and there have been multiple launches of satellites with Falcon 9 , but this is the first pushe mission to sign a launch with Falcon Heavy.

'We are very psyched that SpaceX will be a partner exploring the metal world,' said the official Twitter account for NASA's Psyche Mission.

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