The most recent to be announced was for a NASA mission, one that serves to demonstrate that the company’s 74 Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy flights – has not gone unnoticed.
NASA announced on Monday July 8, 2019 that SpaceX had won the contract to launch the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft.
A flight-proven Falcon 9 has been tapped to launch IXPE from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
IXPE is a part of NASA’s Small explorer class of missions.
“SpaceX is honored that NASA continues to place its trust in our proven launch vehicles to deliver important science payloads to orbit.
IXPE will serve as SpaceX’s sixth contracted mission under NASA’s LSP, two of which were successfully launched in 2016 and 2018, increasing the agency’s scientific observational capabilities.”
Since that time, Atwell has followed his dreams and has covered events dealing with NASA’s Commercial Crew flight assignments at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and other space-related events in the Lone Star State.