Launch services selected for NASA's global surface water survey mission

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency´s surface water and ocean topography (SWOT) mission, the company said.

The space administration said the launch is targeted for April 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The total cost for NASA to launch SWOT is approximately USD112 million, which includes the launch service; spacecraft processing; payload integration; and tracking, data and telemetry support.

Designed to make the first-ever global survey of Earth´s surface water, in addition to high-resolution ocean measurements, the SWOT mission will collect detailed measurements of how water bodies on Earth change over time.

NASA´s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the SpaceX launch service. The SWOT project office at NASA´s jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages spacecraft development for the agency´s science mission directorate in Washington.