This is good news for American billionaire Elon Musk. In fact, your company SpaceX just won a big contract with the US federal space agency, NASA. It was yesterday, Friday, July 23, 2021, that the latter gave the information, specifying that Elon Musk’s signature was chosen for his mission to Europa, the icy moon of the planet Jupiter.
NASA goals had not been met
The contract is worth $ 178 million. However, it will be necessary to wait until 2024 to see the launch of the Europa Clipper mission with a SpaceX rocket, the Falcon Heavy. The launch will be from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Keep in mind that there are several reasons why NASA chose SpaceX. In fact, it was planned to use NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. However, the objectives had not been met in terms of cost and time. So, it was to replace SLS that NASA requested SpaceX for the Falcon Heavy deployment.
The latter alone generates almost 2,300 tons of thrust on takeoff. Once in space, the orbiter will have to make between 40 and 50 close passages around Jupiter’s moon. This, with the aim of determining if Europe has favorable conditions for life.