SpaceX Just Got a New NASA Contract For a First-Ever Mission

SpaceX has a lot to prove before we get to Mars.

11. 24. 16 by Dom Galeon
Image by SpaceX

SpaceX just got awarded a new contract by NASA. Elon Musk’s space venture company has been chosen to provide launch services to the space agency’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission, set for April 2021.

SWOT, a $112-million mission, is designed to collect detailed measurements of the changes in our planet’s bodies of water over time. It will be the first global survey of the Earth’s surface water, according to NASA. The orbiter will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

This isn’t the first NASA mission given to SpaceX, with active collaborations as part of the Commercial Crew Program to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and the CRS-9 mission last July that sent equipment to the ISS.



And as the tweet from the company’s official Twitter page shows, SpaceX is happy with the continuous show of confidence, despite previously expressed concerns from some of NASA’s experts. SpaceX continues to assure the space agency and the world that it’s doing things better ever since the unfortunate September launch explosion.

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