Falcon Heavy will launch @NASAPsyche! The mission, for which @NASA requires the highest level of launch vehicle reliability, will study a metal asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to help humanity better understand the formation of our solar system’s planets go.nasa.gov/2VCFdap
NASA says the launch of Psyche will NOT utilize previously-flown boosters on the Falcon Heavy.
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Psyche mission. The Psyche mission currently is targeted to launch in July 2022 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Fully expendable?edit: center core will be expended apparently.
Sorry, I was just speculating based on the price of the contract. Edited OG post.
Could this mission launch on a Vulcan (no Atlas 5 in 2022, right?) or would it require a DIVH?
Should the center core be expended, there are two options to recover the side boosters: land them at the SpaceX landing zones at the Cape, or utilize OCISLY and JRTI. I would estimate about 500 to 550 kilometers downrange for the drone ships should SpaceX decide to go that recovery route.
Wow - major win for Falcon Heavy!
Was there any reason that favored 'Heavy for Psyche's mission?
Does this mean that the FH has NASA Category 3 certification? Or does NASA expect the FH will be certified before launch?
Feb 28 2020 NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. MOD 121: THIS MODIFICATION AWARDS THE FIRM FIXED PRICE (FFP) LAUNCH SERVICE FOR THE PSYCHE MISSION PURSUANT TO CONTRACT CLAUSE 14.0, ENTITLED LAUNCH SERVICE TASK ORDERING (LSTO) PROCEDURES. THIS FFP INCLUDES THE FALCON HEAVY STANDARD LAUNCH SERVICE AND STANDARD MISSION INTEGRATION AND THIRTEEN (13) MISSION UNIQUE SERVICES (MUSS). THE TOTAL FIRM FIXED PRICE FOR THIS LAUNCH SERVICE TASK ORDER FOR ALL DEFINITIZED WORK UNDER CONTRACT LINE ITEM NUMBER 8 (CLIN 8) IS $108,426,940.
NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. THIS MODIFICATION PROVIDES FUNDING WITHIN SCOPE OF LAUNCH SERVICES.