SpaceX received a new order from NASA to launch the agency's X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). This research probe will study polarized light from sources such as neutron stars, pulsed-wind mists and supermassive black holes, and provide far more images than existing space-based observation neutrons with particularly strong magnetic fields), black holes, and "pulsar wind nebulae" found in the remnants of the supernova.
SpaceX will launch this IXPE mission aboard a flight-proven Hawk. 9, and the total cost of the contract is around $ 50.3 million. The launch will take place in April 2021
"SpaceX is honored that NASA continues to trust our proven launch vehicles to deliver important scientific payloads orbit," said SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell in a statement. "IXPE will be the sixth SpaceX-signed mission under the NASA LSP, two of which have been successfully launched in 2016 and 2018, increasing the agency's scientific observation capabilities." for NASA, including the commercial replenishment missions she regularly carries out for the International Space Station.