National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded SpaceX a $50 million contract to launch an advanced device that will allow scientists to study peculiar objects in the universe. The space organization said that the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is designed to study polarized X-right light from a black hole and neutron stars. Neutron stars are compact objects from remnants of massive stars explode or supernova explosion. The report said that the study of active galactic nuclei, magnetars (a kind of neutron star that has a powerful magnetic field) and pulsar wind nebulae (found on the inside of supernovae remains) will be beneficial to IXPE. The device is comprised of three indistinguishable space telescopes accoutered with sensitive technology detection that will help probe the intense gravitational, magnetic, and electric fields detected all over such objects. The launch of the IXPE is in April 2021 at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president said that SpaceX is honored NASA for continuing its trust in their proven launch vehicles to deliver important science payload to orbit. Shotwell also mentioned that the upcoming project is SpaceX’s sixth mission contracted under NASA’s Launch Services program. NASA aspires that the mission with IXPE will help meet one of the objectives of its Science Directorate to test the universe’s origin and life force, along with the nature of black holes, gravity, and other objects in space that needs to be discovered. A study published in a journal said that the IXPE will expand its observation in space by improving its devices that measure energy, time, and location; IXPE will open new horizons for understanding how radiation is produced in celestial objects. According to James Gleeson, a spokesperson for SpaceX, there will be forthcoming launches that the SpaceX will perform for NASA including the commercial resupply undertakings for the International Space Station.