United Launch Services, a subsidiary of United Launch Alliance LLC, will render the launch services for NASA‘s planned Solar Probe Plus satellite, scheduled in two years.
The space agency, which announced the $389.1 million contract award Wednesday, said the 20-day launch period for the SPP will commence on July 31, 2018.
The SPP, currently under construction at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will be mounted aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
“The ULA team is very proud that NASA has selected the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle for this extraordinary science mission, ” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president for Atlas and Delta programs.
NASA’s planned SPP mission will collate data from the near-sun environment using measuring and imaging tools to help scientists understand solar wind and its effect on planet Earth.