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NASA Chooses SpaceX for Asteroid Redirect Mission Launch Services

NASA Chooses SpaceX for Asteroid Redirect Mission Launch Services - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA Chooses SpaceX for Asteroid Redirect Mission Launch Services - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SpaceX has been chosen to provide launch services for a NASA mission that aims to demonstrate a kinetic impact approach to change an asteroid's motion in space.

NASA intends for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to send the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft into space and estimates the cost of the DART mission will reach $69M, the agency said Friday.

The spacecraft, which is scheduled to lift off from Vanderberg Air Force Base in California in June 2021, will employ a solar electric propulsion system and work to intercept the small moon of Didymos asteroid as the vehicle reaches a distance of 6.8M miles from Earth in October 2022.

The Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center will oversee the launch service from SpaceX.

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