NASA in its press statement announced that SpaceX will contribute launch services for its IMAP mission and subsequent payloads. Total estimation to cost USD 109.4 million, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) will enable the researchers to better understand the magnetic barrier surrounding the solar system.
The four payloads included in IMAP are the Lunar Trailblazer mission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) mission. Two other heliophysics missions are left to be named on the account for the two remaining payloads.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mentioned in their statement that the IMAP mission is to be launched in October 2024 on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
According to the space agency, the IMAP mission will prove necessary for the study of the heliosphere which is the magnetic barrier surrounding the solar system. The heliosphere is the region where solar winds collide with the winds from other stars. This constant flow of particles from the Sun limits the amount of harmful cosmic radiation entering the heliosphere.