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NASA awards Blue Origin contract

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NASA announced that it has awarded Blue Origin a contract to launch its spacecraft mission to study Mars’ magnetosphere.

“NASA has awarded Blue Origin, LLC of Kent, Washington a task order to provide launch service for the agency’s Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers mission as part of the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare launch services contract,” NASA said in a press release on Thursday.

The ESCAPADE mission will study solar wind energy transfer through Mars’ unique magnetosphere, the release said.

Blue Origin was on-ramped to NASA’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) launch services indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract on January 26, 2022, with a five-year period of performance, the release added.

The release did not provide any details on when the launch could be expected to take place.

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