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Psyche, EscaPADE and Janus

Falcon Heavy

SpaceX

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Mission

Psyche, EscaPADE and Janus

Type: Planetary Science
Launch Cost: $90,000,000

Psyche is a NASA interplanetary mission to visit the main belt asteroid of the same name, 16 Psyche. Spacecraft will take 4 years and one Mars flyby to reach the asteroid, which is of particular interest due to being comprised mostly of iron and nickel. Psyche is theorized to be a remnant of an early planet’s core, and may offer insights into how solar system formed and evolved. The mission is led by Arizona State University, with NASA JPL being responsible for mission management and operations. This launch also includes two secondary payloads: Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE), which will study the Martian atmosphere, and Janus, which will study binary asteroids.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

202 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon Heavy – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 12.2 m
Launch Mass: 1400 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 63800 kg

The Falcon Heavy was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-02-06. Falcon Heavy has 3 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 3 launches. The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Judy
Judy
5 months ago

Falcon Heavy into interplanetary exploration may success be reached and beyond .

Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
4 months ago

Good luck exploring this inner core of ( Iron & Nickel ) of a previous planet .
This is fantastic exploration .