America’s largest commercial mover, Suddath®, recently transported NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to prepare for a trip to space, scheduled in December.
The IXPE will study the polarization of X-rays coming to Earth from some of the universe’s most extreme sources – including black holes and dead stars known as pulsars. It arrived at the space station on Nov. 5 in Suddath trucks and is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex on Dec. 9.
Suddath was responsible for transporting and delivering the equipment safely to the space station to prepare for its journey.
“With 100 years of experience in the moving industry, we thought we’d moved it all, but this is a first for Suddath. The relocation process was smooth and it’s just another example of why Suddath is the most trusted name in commercial moving,” said Mike Harrison, Area Director, Suddath commercial moving division.
A NASA article about the upcoming mission explains that this is the first of its kind dedicated to measuring X-ray polarization. “IXPE will fly three space telescopes with sensitive detectors capable of measuring the polarization of cosmic X-rays, allowing scientists to answer fundamental questions about these extremely complex environments where gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields are at their limits.”