The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with & # 39; Survey of & # 39; the exoplanet passing on NASA Satellite Network leaves. Photo: NASA
NASA gave SpaceX the "GO" to launch the most complex scientific missions agency on rocket Falcon 9 private company.
The program of the NASA Launch Services is responsible to find rocket to launch NASA. LSP gave SpaceX of & # 39; Certification Category 3 earlier this month, which means you & # 39; launches higher agency cost and most complex scientific missions.
"Certification is a major achievement for the team & # 39; Falcon 9 and represents another milestone in close partnership with & # 39; NASA", said SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne SHOTWELL. "We are honored to have the opportunity to provide & # 39; cost-effective and reliable launch the most critical scientific services fees of the country."
SpaceX launched another LSP missions using its rocket Falcon 9, like exoplanet hunting TESS telescope.
NASA looking at factors such as the likelihood of & # 39; success in certifying rockets for missions & # 39; the agency. The private company has launched over 60 missions & # 39; success since it was founded in 2002.