NASA selects gamma-ray telescope COSI as its next SMEX mission

by | Oct 21, 2021 | NASA, Satellites, Science, Seradata News

 

NASA has selected the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) spacecraft as its next Small Explorer (SMEX) class mission. The selection confirmed COSI as the contest winner on 18 October, heading out three other finalists who were also selected in March 2020. COSI is a gamma-ray telescope which intends to study the radioactive atomic discharge emitted from supernovas in order to better understand the origin of Galactic positrons.

The project is headed by the University of California, Berkley, and supported by the Goddard Space Flight Center.

As a SMEX award winner the mission is entitled to a development budget of US$145 million, excluding launch costs. NASA will select a launch vehicle for the mission at a later date, ahead of its planned launch in 2025.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

A busy May for Musk: mulling over buying Twitter, fighting a sexual impropriety allegation, as SpaceX sells stock for funding

It has been a busy month for SpaceX and Tesla supremo Elon Musk. The world's richest man grabbed headlines at Read more

Kongsberg orders three dual AIS/radar detection satellites from NanoAvionics

On 3 May 2022 the Defence & Aerospace arm of Norwegian international technology group, Kongsberg Gruppen, contracted with NanoAvionics, Lithuania, Read more

SpaceX launches 53 Group 4-18 Starlink satellites successfully

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 rocket from Kennedy Space Station, Florida, USA at 1059 GMT on 18 Read more

Cosmos 2555 appears to be a dead duck after its Angara 1.2 launch

The Cosmos 2555 (Kosmos 2555) Russian military codenamed satellite, which was launched from Plesetsk on 29 April by an Angara Read more

Upgraded Hyperbola 1 (SQX-1) rocket fails losing another Jilin-1 Mofang-1A observation satellite (Updated)

The launch of the Jilin-1 Mofang-1A (R) Earth Observation satellite by an upgraded version of the four stage Hyperbola 1/SQX-1 Read more

Satellogic secures launches for 68 further satellites in second multilaunch agreement with SpaceX

On 4 May South American newspace company Satellogic announced a new contract with SpaceX to launch 68 of its Earth Read more

French satellite operator Prométhée picks NanoAvionics to build its first nanosatellite

Paris-based satellite operator Prométhée have instructed mission integrator NanoAvionics to construct its first nanosatellite, as the French start-up begins progress Read more

Japanese iQPS contracts for launch of its fifth SAR satellite with Virgin Orbit

Japanese newspace company, iQPS Inc, has contracted with American launch provider Virgin Orbit for the launch of its fifth satellite. Read more

Categories

Archives