Garcetti Announces SpaceX Will Build Big Falcon Rocket at Port of LA

Garcetti Announces SpaceX Will Build Big Falcon Rocket at Port of LA

The cost of sending a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into orbit is around $62m (£43m), Engadget reports. It will take NASA's planet hunter TESS and deliver it into space.TESS is equipped with a special monitoring system that catches the light of stars in space and analyzes its potential. The company expects to launch its first Block 5 rocket in late April, sending up a communications satellite for Bangladesh. Inside Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the TESS spacecraft was sealed within the Falcon 9 payload fairing in preparation for its move to the launch pad.

SpaceX is hoping to use parachutes to help guide the nose cone to a soft landing on the ocean surface after launch. Added companions consist of Orbital ATK, NASA's Ames Proving ground, the Harvard-Smithsonian Facility for Astrophysics as well as the Area Telescope Scientific Research Institute. NASA's Introduce Solutions Program is in charge of launch administration. But despite the recycled hardware of today's mission, SpaceX won't be landing its Falcon 9 after launch today. Inside the PHSF, the satellite is being processed and prepared for its flight. It is prepared for launch in April 2018. The TESS project will use an array of wide-field cameras to perform an all-sky survey.

With NASA's current planet hunting observatory, Kepler, running on fumes, boffins need to get TESS into orbit to continue the flow of data and, hopefully, discoveries. TESS will record the nearest and brightest main sequence stars hosting transiting exoplanets, which are the most favorable targets for detailed investigations.

Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Innovation with seed financing from Google, TESS was among 11 propositions chosen for NASA financing in September 2011, below the initial 42 sent in February of that year.

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