UnitedÂ Launch Services, a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance LLC, Â willÂ render theÂ launch servicesÂ for NASA‘sÂ planned Solar Probe PlusÂ satellite, scheduled inÂ two years.
The space agency, which announcedÂ the $389.1 million contract awardÂ Wednesday, said the 20-dayÂ launch period for the SPPÂ willÂ commence on July 31, 2018.
The SPP, currently under construction at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Â will be mounted aboard a Delta IVÂ Heavy rocket atÂ Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
âThe ULA team is very proud that NASA has selected the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle for this extraordinary science mission, â said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president for Atlas and Delta programs.
NASAâs planned SPPÂ mission will collate data from the near-sun environment usingÂ measuring and imaging tools to help scientists understand solar wind and its effect on planet Earth.