“Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role on this mission is two-fold: enabling the DART spacecraft to successfully navigate and impact its target with our chemical propulsion system, and demonstrating an innovative, new electric propulsion technology that could support future deep space, national security space and commercial missions,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen P. Drake.
An asteroid is hurdling toward Earth, and NASA is going to stop it. At 1:21 a.m. EST, Nov. 24 (06:21 UTC), the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, embarking on a suicide mission to deflect an asteroid’s trajectory.
This mission is targeted to launch at 1:21 a.m. EST, Nov. 24 (06:21 UTC), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
A small NASA spacecraft set to launch on a collision course with an asteroid has been encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket for blastoff from California this week, a mission that will mark SpaceX’s first launch with a solar system science probe.