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SpaceX Awarded Shared NASA Contract Worth Up to $100 Million

Elon Musk’s rocket launch and satellite operator will share the contract for unspecified “commercial payload processing services” with Astrotech Space Operations LLC.

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| Updated on: Feb 05 2023, 15:10 IST
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1/5  These pictures taken by NASA were informative and eye catching. Take a quick look. 1. In the very first photo, a composite made from ten images shows the progression of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse above the Vehicle Assembly Building, November 8, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Visible trailing the Moon in this composite is Mars. From left to right, the Moon starts off at its usual brightness and gradually becomes a dull red. (NASA)
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2/5 While in the second photograph the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft descends to Earth with four parachutes that resemble jellyfish. The four chutes are fully deployed and the candy corn-shaped capsule dangles below. The sky looks clear and blue. (NASA)
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3/5 In the third photo the capsule is Gray and it sits atop its beige airbags which deployed moments before touchdown in the desert. Workers access the top of the capsule via ladder. (NASA)
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4/5 In the fourth photo, the Night-time closeup of the fiery exhaust from the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Surface Water and Ocean Topography, or SWOT, satellite aboard, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. (NASA)
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The deal is for payload processing, which involves preparing spacecraft to be flown on top of a rocket ahead of a flight to space. (REUTERS)

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is part of a payload contract NASA has awarded for as much as $100 million over a decade.

Elon Musk's rocket launch and satellite operator will share the contract for unspecified “commercial payload processing services” with Astrotech Space Operations LLC, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp., the government's space agency announced Friday in a statement. The deal is for payload processing, which involves preparing spacecraft to be flown on top of a rocket ahead of a flight to space.

Neither SpaceX nor Astrotech replied immediately to a request for comment.

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The uncrewed missions will be launched out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, or Vandenberg Space Force Base in California and the contract could run for as many as 10 years through February of 2033, NASA said. The missions that SpaceX and Astrotech will work on involve launching satellites to observe the Earth or spacecraft that visit deep-space destinations in the Solar System, it said.

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First Published Date: 05 Feb, 15:07 IST
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