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SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : NET Feb 2025
« on: 09/25/2020 08:52 pm »
IMAP Launch Discussion thread.

NSF Threads for IMAP : Discussion

Launch 2025 on Falcon 9 (booster 10xx.x) from Florida.

Rideshare Payloads:
  Lunar Trailblazer
  Space Weather Follow On L1
  GLIDE
  Solar Cruiser



https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-launch-services-contract-for-imap-mission
Sept. 25, 2020
CONTRACT RELEASE C20-026

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for IMAP Mission

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which includes four secondary payloads. IMAP will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, a magnetic barrier surrounding our solar system. This region is where the constant flow of particles from our Sun, called the solar wind, collides with winds from other stars. This collision limits the amount of harmful cosmic radiation entering the heliosphere. IMAP will collect and map neutral particles that make it through, as well as investigate the fundamental processes of how particles are accelerated in space, from its vantage point orbiting the Sun at the Lagrange 1 point directly between the Sun and Earth.

The total cost for NASA to launch IMAP and the secondary payloads is approximately $109.4 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.

The secondary payloads to be included with the launch of IMAP are: NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission, two additional NASA heliophysics missions of opportunity yet to be named, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) mission.

The IMAP mission is targeted to launch in October 2024 on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the SpaceX launch service. The mission is led by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is responsible for the mission’s overall management, system engineering, integration, and testing and mission operations.



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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : October 2024
« Reply #1 on: 09/25/2020 09:46 pm »
A chart of NASA rideshares from a recent rideshare symposium showed this flight with an ESPA Grande ring for the rideshares.  The trajectory column said "L1, C3 max <= -0.5, 28deg incl"

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : October 2024
« Reply #2 on: 09/25/2020 10:25 pm »
A chart of NASA rideshares from a recent rideshare symposium showed this flight with an ESPA Grande ring for the rideshares.  The trajectory column said "L1, C3 max <= -0.5, 28deg incl"

Via NASA LSP's Launch Vehicle Performance Website, Falcon 9 FT can launch 1810 kg and 3370 kg to C3 = -0.5 with RTLS or ASDS recovery, respectively.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : October 2024
« Reply #3 on: 09/25/2020 10:39 pm »
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The secondary payloads to be included with the launch of IMAP are: NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission, two additional NASA heliophysics missions of opportunity yet to be named, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) mission.

An IAC 2019 paper from the PIs says that the Kon-Tiki solar sail demonstrator mission will be one of IMAP's four copassengers.

*Should have added that NASA obviously says it hasn't chosen all the copassengers yet, so Kon-Tiki is probably more a hopeful suitor than a guaranteed passenger. To be clear, though, their phrasing seemed quite confident in October 2019.

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"Kon-Tiki will be co-manifested with the NASA Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission in 2024. Carried to space on a secondary payload adapter, Kon-Tiki will separate after the IMAP deployment on an Earth escape trajectory."
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : October 2024
« Reply #4 on: 09/25/2020 10:43 pm »
The other two rideshare passengers haven't been chosen yet.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : October 2024
« Reply #5 on: 11/30/2020 05:40 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1333431708637663232
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A couple notes from this morning’s NASA Planetary Science Advisory Cmte meeting:

• Lunar Trailblazer has passed confirmation review, on track to launch with IMAP in early 2025 (was late 2024)

• Artemis 3 science definition team final report to be released as soon as today.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #6 on: 11/30/2020 07:40 pm »
The total cost for NASA to launch IMAP and the secondary payloads is approximately $109.4 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.
This is not particularly cheap.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #7 on: 11/30/2020 07:43 pm »
The total cost for NASA to launch IMAP and the secondary payloads is approximately $109.4 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.
This is not particularly cheap.

That is actually very reasonable, considering all the extras that NASA requires.

Launch priority, booster selection, extra processing workflow, rights to observe and monitor booster reprocessing, etc...
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #8 on: 12/03/2020 09:28 pm »
Quote from: Thomas Zurbuchen
JUST IN: We’ve selected 2 new small satellite missions that'll expand our research & test new technologies in space. Congratulations to GLIDE & Solar Cruiser!

These missions will share a ride to space in 2025 with the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). Pairing them with existing missions for launch allows us to provide more avenues for learning about our solar system & to develop innovative technical capabilities.

GLIDE is the 1st mission exclusively dedicated to studying Earth’s outermost atmospheric layer - the exosphere. It'll provide measurements of this vast cloud that extends almost halfway to the Moon. Congrats to Principal Investigator Dr. Lara Waldrop at University of Illinois.

Solar Cruiser will demonstrate a new type of propulsion in space that uses no fuel – a solar sail. It works by reflecting sunlight & that reflected light pushes it through space. Congrats to Principal Investigator Les Johnson at @NASA_Marshall !

https://go.nasa.gov/3mG91gH


https://twitter.com/Dr_ThomasZ/status/1334609867043078144

https://twitter.com/Dr_ThomasZ/status/1334612869296521216
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #9 on: 12/03/2020 10:36 pm »
Quote from: Thomas Zurbuchen
JUST IN: We’ve selected 2 new small satellite missions that'll expand our research & test new technologies in space. Congratulations to GLIDE & Solar Cruiser!

These missions will share a ride to space in 2025 with the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). Pairing them with existing missions for launch allows us to provide more avenues for learning about our solar system & to develop innovative technical capabilities.

GLIDE is the 1st mission exclusively dedicated to studying Earth’s outermost atmospheric layer - the exosphere. It'll provide measurements of this vast cloud that extends almost halfway to the Moon. Congrats to Principal Investigator Dr. Lara Waldrop at University of Illinois.

Solar Cruiser will demonstrate a new type of propulsion in space that uses no fuel – a solar sail. It works by reflecting sunlight & that reflected light pushes it through space. Congrats to Principal Investigator Les Johnson at @NASA_Marshall !

https://go.nasa.gov/3mG91gH

Cool, Solar Cruiser will be nearly a full magnitude larger than any previous solar sail at ~1700 square meters. NASA's article also quietly mentions plans to potentially include a Spatial/Spectral Imaging of Heliospheric Lyman Alpha (SIHLA) spacecraft and NOAA's Solar Weather Follow-On spacecraft - so at least four or more substantially complex and valuable secondary payloads.

IMAP itself is cost-capped at ~$560M, followed by $75M for GLIDE, $65M for Solar Cruiser, a likely similar cost for SIHLA, and at least ~$120M for SWFO - probably more than $1 billion total excluding launch costs. The relatively high Falcon 9 contract cost makes a bit more sense in that context.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #10 on: 12/03/2020 11:53 pm »
NASA's article also quietly mentions plans to potentially include a Spatial/Spectral Imaging of Heliospheric Lyman Alpha (SIHLA) spacecraft and NOAA's Solar Weather Follow-On spacecraft - so at least four or more substantially complex and valuable secondary payloads.

It does not say SIHLA would be on this flight.  The solar weather sat was already known, along with Lunar Trailblazer.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #11 on: 12/14/2020 09:13 pm »
https://blogs.nasa.gov/imap/2020/12/11/nasa-adjusts-imap-schedule-to-accommodate-covid-19-precautions/
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NASA Adjusts IMAP Schedule to Accommodate COVID-19 Precautions

To accommodate schedule changes due to precautions regarding COVID-19, the preliminary design review for NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe, or IMAP, has been moved from February to May 2021. Similarly, the launch readiness date is delayed from Oct. 1, 2024, to Feb. 1, 2025.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #12 on: 02/05/2021 05:26 pm »
https://spacenews.com/l3harris-swfo-l1-command-and-control/
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L3Harris will develop, deploy and operate a command and control system for NOAA’s Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 observatory, scheduled to launch in 2025 on NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe. L3Harris also will provide operations support for the space weather observatory for up to two years.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #13 on: 02/10/2021 02:14 pm »
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IIUC, GLIDE’s Ball Configurable Platform smallsat bus was demonstrated on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission launched as part of STP-2 on Falcon Heavy.

NEWS PROVIDED BY
Ball Aerospace
Feb 09, 2021, 11:35 ET
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace was selected to build the spacecraft for NASA's Global Lyman-alpha Imager of the Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) heliophysics science Mission of Opportunity. GLIDE will study variability in Earth's exosphere, the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere where it touches space, by tracking far ultraviolet light emitted from hydrogen.

Dr. Lara Waldrop of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the principal investigator for GLIDE and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is managing the mission implementation.

"We are excited to work alongside NASA, the University of Illinois and UC Berkeley on this new heliophysics science mission," said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. "Combining Ball's flexible spacecraft with UC Berkeley's innovative instrument provides a powerful solution to meet the needs of the scientific community's understanding of our exosphere, enabling science at any scale."

The GLIDE spacecraft design will be based on the Ball Configurable Platform (BCP), which is a customizable and proven spacecraft, designed for flexible, cost-effective applications, using a common spacecraft bus and standard payload interfaces to reduce cost, streamline payload accommodation and minimize delivery time.

Ball Aerospace is also designing and building the spacecraft for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Space Weather Follow On – L1 (SWFO-L1) mission, an operational heliophysics mission that will collect solar wind data and coronal imagery to meet NOAA's operational requirements to monitor and forecast solar storm activity. SWFO and GLIDE are scheduled to launch together in the same launch vehicle to space.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #14 on: 03/27/2021 02:45 am »
NASA looking for earlier launch of lunar orbiter smallsat mission

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The spacecraft is scheduled to be completed in October 2022. However, it will not launch until at least February 2025, since it is flying as a rideshare payload on the Falcon 9 launch of the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). That mission’s launch was postponed last year from October 2024 to February 2025 because delays in its development caused by the pandemic, postponing several rideshare payloads like Lunar Trailblazer flying with it.

That delay came up during a discussion of NASA planetary science projects at the March 24 meeting of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science of the National Academies. Clive Neal, a committee member from the University of Notre Dame, asked if it would be possible to launch Lunar Trailblazer as a co-manifested payload on one of the series of Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) missions that will be launching to the moon starting late this year.

“We’re looking across the whole directorate, looking for another ride for Lunar Trailblazer; a little sooner, if that’s possible,” responded Lori Glaze, NASA planetary science division director. She said NASA was not taking Lunar Trailblazer off the IMAP launch just yet, “but we are looking and we’re keeping our eyes open” for other opportunities.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : early 2025
« Reply #15 on: 06/21/2022 04:30 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1539283357892214790
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NASA’s Lori Glaze says Lunar Trailblazer has been removed from the IMAP rideshare mission and instead will fly on Intuitive Machines’ IM-2 CLPS mission in about a year. IMAP won’t launch until 2025, so this moves it up significantly.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #16 on: 06/23/2022 06:30 pm »
"IMAP entered the implementation phase and established
its cost and schedule baselines in July 2021. NASA set a
baseline life-cycle cost of $781.8 million and a December
2025 launch date."

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #17 on: 02/02/2023 01:24 am »
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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. MOD 233: This modification is to de-manifest the Lunar Trailblazer (LTB)and Solar Cruiser (SC) secondary missions from the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Mission.

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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. This modification is to change to preflown hardware for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Mission.

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« Reply #18 on: 02/03/2023 12:49 pm »
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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. MOD 233: This modification is to de-manifest the Lunar Trailblazer (LTB)and Solar Cruiser (SC) secondary missions from the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Mission.

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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES. This modification is to change to preflown hardware for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) Mission.
Do you have a link to this or more information?
I publish information in Spanish about space and rockets.
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« Reply #19 on: 02/03/2023 02:05 pm »
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As a SIMPLEx mission, the spacecraft launches via “rideshare,” a secondary payload on a larger mission’s rocket. Lunar Trailblazer was originally manifested as a rideshare on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), launching in 2025. As announced in June, however, NASA amended the mission agreement, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, which manages Lunar Trailblazer for the principal investigator at Caltech, signed a contract in early August for it to fly as a secondary payload on the second lunar lander mission by Intuitive Machines, called IM-2. That IM-2 lunar delivery, carrying NASA’s PRIME-1 subsurface ice drill, is scheduled to launch in mid-2023.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/trailblazer/2022/08/22/nasas-lunar-trailblazer-to-launch-2023-subject-to-cost-review/

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #20 on: 02/03/2023 02:11 pm »
https://www.eoportal.org/satellite-missions/glide#eop-quick-facts-section

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The Carruthers Geocorona Observatory - formerly GLIDE (Global Lyman-alpha Imagers of the Dynamic Exosphere) is a NASA SmallSat mission to be launched with IMAP (Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe) as a part of NASA’s RideShare policy in 2025. GLIDE has been  selected as the science mission to accompany IMAP, and aims to study variability in the Earth’s exosphere from the inner Lagrangian point.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #21 on: 02/03/2023 03:20 pm »
Do you have a link to this or more information?

That's the extent of the publicly available text in the federal contracting database (I still use FPDS, I hate using SAM)

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« Reply #22 on: 03/15/2023 11:21 pm »
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NASA LAUNCH SERVICES II - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES.  This modification adds Fit Check and Shock Separation Test for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration probe (IMAP) mission.

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« Reply #23 on: 09/26/2023 11:33 am »
NASA's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe passes system integration review:

Article at Phys.org: https://phys.org/news/2023-09-nasa-interstellar-probe.html

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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #24 on: 10/29/2023 01:55 pm »
https://www.l3harris.com/newsroom/editorial/2023/10/aerojet-rocketdyne-propulsion-integrated-nasas-imap-spacecraft?sf182531454
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Integrated to NASA’s IMAP Spacecraft

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Oct 12, 2023 | 3 minute Read

The Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), which will investigate two of the most important issues in space physics today, made an important stop at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s site in Redmond, Washington, before its 2025 launch.

As the sole propulsion provider on IMAP, Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies company, recently integrated the propulsion subsystem to the spacecraft for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, who is building the spacecraft and will operate it after launch. IMAP will investigate the acceleration of energetic particles and interaction of the solar wind with the interstellar medium.

"Aerojet Rocketdyne was in top form for this integration,” said Seth Kijewski, IMAP Propulsion Subsystem Lead at APL. “It’s really an exemplary display of what a hardworking, committed team can accomplish.”

The propulsion subsystem is comprised of three propellant tanks, two service valves, two latch valves, two system filters, and 12 MR-111G monopropellant rocket engines modules. Thermal control features were also integrated to the spacecraft. With the completion of this milestone, NASA is now one-step closer to flying the mission.

“During the four-month integration effort, there was a strong customer presence, which made it a very collaborative effort,” said Jack Deboer, IMAP program manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne. “Aerojet Rocketdyne is critical to this program and our thrusters will play a major role in helping scientists understand the risks posed to astronauts and technological systems that fly in space.”


IMAP will explore our solar neighborhood, helping researchers better understand what happens at the boundary of the heliosphere, where the Sun’s protective magnetic influence ends. With its extensive set of 10 instruments, the spacecraft will observe a vast range of particle energies and types in interplanetary space to simultaneously investigate two of the most important overarching issues in heliophysics – the energization of charged particles from the Sun, and interaction of the solar wind with the winds from other stars and other material that fills our galaxy.

IMAP will explore our solar neighborhood, helping researchers better understand what happens at the boundary of the heliosphere, where the Sun’s protective magnetic influence ends. With its extensive set of 10 instruments, the spacecraft will observe a vast range of particle energies and types in interplanetary space to simultaneously investigate two of the most important overarching issues in heliophysics – the energization of charged particles from the Sun, and interaction of the solar wind with the winds from other stars and other material that fills our galaxy.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne delivered the IMAP spacecraft to the customer ahead of the contract schedule,” added Deboer. “Ahead of schedule is always a bonus for a mission that has such an important job to do in understanding and decoding the messages in particles from the Sun and beyond.”

Princeton University professor and principal investigator David J. McComas leads the mission with an international team of 25 partner institutions. APL is managing the development phase, building the spacecraft, and will operate the mission. IMAP is the fifth mission in NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Program portfolio. The Explorers and Heliophysics Projects Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the STP Program for the agency’s Heliophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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NASA’s IMAP in the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s clean room, where the spacecraft will undergo testing and building over the next year
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : end 2025
« Reply #25 on: 12/04/2023 03:35 am »
https://spacenews.com/nasa-updating-policy-for-rideshare-missions/ [Dec 3]

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The launch of NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) spacecraft on a Falcon 9, scheduled for February 2025, will include NOAA’s Space Weather Follow-On spacecraft and NASA’s Carruthers Geocorona Observatory, a heliophysics mission originally named GLIDE.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : IMAP : SLC-40 : NET Feb 2025
« Reply #26 on: 01/11/2024 10:06 pm »
[U of Colorado Boulder] New instrument to capture stardust as part of NASA mission
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This week, the team carefully loaded the instrument, known as the Interstellar Dust Experiment (IDEX), onto a delivery truck. The instrument, which is shaped like a large drum and weighs 47 pounds, will travel to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. There, engineers will begin the process of installing IDEX onto the IMAP spacecraft.

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