NASA grants Elon Musk’s SpaceX $69 million to fly spacecraft into asteroid | TheHill

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NASA last week awarded the contract to SpaceX, selecting the company to provide services for’NASA’s’Double Asteroid Redirection Test’mission, NASA said in a’statement.

The current target date for the mission is June 2021, and NASA plans to use one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets,’the agency said.

With the mission, NASA will look to “demonstrate a kinetic impact” by deliberately flying a spacecraft into a small asteroid, according to a description of the project on NASA’s website.

Not to change the topic here:

SpaceX is the lucky firm flying its rocket into an asteroid for a test

Last week SpaceX managed to land all three rockets used to launch its Falcon Heavy spacecraft. Now the firm has a new mission that flies in the face of its latest accomplishment.

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This isn’t some fanciful mission dreamed up by Elon Musk following a stint on the Joe Rogan Experience, but rather NASA’s own Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

The mission will see a spacecraft collide with an asteroid at high-speed in a bid to deflect it from its current course. The technique is known as ‘kinetic impactor’ and will cost NASA approximately $69 million.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends world’s most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

(Reuters) – The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts.

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload.

‘T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space,’ SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream.

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SpaceX Readies First Falcon Heavy Launch for Paying Customer

(Bloomberg) — Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to launch Falcon Heavy’its massive, heavy-lift rocket’for its’first paying customer, more than a year after its debut’demonstration mission in February 2018.Last year’s’initial Falcon Heavy launch’was a spectacle’thanks in part to its test payload: Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a’mannequin passenger,’dubbed Starman, sitting in the driver’s seat.’This time’SpaceX will be carrying a payload’for’Saudi’Arabia’s Arabsat, a satellite services provider.’

Falcon Heavy will rumble aloft as soon as Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after wind’scuttled an attempt to fly on Wednesday. Scores of fans and tourists have flocked to the Florida Space Coast for the event, which will be broadcast live on SpaceX’s website.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches first commercial mission

Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company’s Hawthorne, California headquarters.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned nearly 10 minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX’s seafaring drone ship 645 kilometers off the Florida coast. In the 2018 test mission, Heavy’s core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

‘The Falcons have landed,’ Musk wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force.

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