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SpaceX Wins First Science Mission from NASA: JASON-3

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:26 am via: SpaceX
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On July 16, 2012, SpaceX received its first science mission from NASA Launch Services (NLS), to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft.

NASA contracts launch services for science missions, which include launching the agency’s planetary, Earth-observing, exploration and scientific satellites, as well as satellites for other government agencies such as NOAA, into orbit.

The Jason-3 spacecraft, the third in a series that follows the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, will precisely measure sea surface height and provide data used around the world for weather, climate and ocean forecasts.

This is SpaceX’s third category of NASA award, with the company also holding awards to carry cargo to the space station and to start to prepare the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

Additionally, SpaceX has continued to secure satellite contracts, with nearly 60 percent of upcoming missions planned for commercial customers. These include AsiaSat, Asia Broadcast Satellite, SatMex and Intelsat, announced earlier this year.

SpaceX expects to launch Jason-3 aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in late 2014, from SpaceX’s launch and landing site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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