Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
Psyche is a NASA interplanetary mission to visit the main belt asteroid of the same name, 16 Psyche. Spacecraft will take 4 years and one Mars flyby to reach the asteroid, which is of particular interest due to being comprised mostly of iron and nickel. Psyche is theorized to be a remnant of an early planet's core, and may offer insights into how solar system formed and evolved. The mission is led by Arizona State University, with NASA JPL being responsible for mission management and operations.
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NASA will host a news conference to discuss the agency’s upcoming Psyche mission, which will be its first to visit a metal-rich asteroid. Riding along with Psyche is a laser transceiver for NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration. Briefing participants are expected to include: - Lori Glaze, director, Planetary Sciences Division - Lindy Elkins-Tanton, principal investigator - Henry Stone, project manager - Abi Biswas, project technologist for DSOC - Serkan Bastug, mission manager, Launch Services Program
NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the agency’s first test of high-bandwidth optical communications beyond the Moon. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration is launching aboard the Psyche spacecraft. The following participants will discuss the goals of this demonstration and benefits of high-data-rate laser communications that could be used by future NASA missions: - Jeff Volosin, acting deputy associate administrator and program manager for Space Communications and Navigation - Tawnya Laughinghouse, program manager for Technology Demonstration Missions - Abi Biswas, DSOC project technologist - Meera Srinivasan, DSOC ground system product delivery manager and operations lead