Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Uniververse, Epoch of Reionization and ICES Explorer
Dr. James Bock of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) is the principal investigator for SPHEREx and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is the managing center.
SPHEREx will Explore the Origins of the Universe
- The data from SPHEREx’s survey will be used to study:
- The nature of physics that drove cosmic inflation in the early universe;
- The properties of interstellar ices, a key reservoir for water and biogenic material in the early phases of star and planet formation; and
- The cosmic history of galaxy formation.
What We're Doing
Ball Aerospace will deliver the SPHEREx spacecraft bus, which is based on our customizable and reliable line of Ball Configurable Platform (BCP) spacecraft. The SPHEREx bus will be a BCP-small spacecraft. BCP spacecraft have consistently exceeded their estimated design lifetimes. Designed for flexible, cost-effective applications, BCP spacecraft ensure maximum capability and rapid delivery timelines.
Ball is also responsible for system integration and test, support for integration of the spacecraft onto a launch vehicle and commissioning of the spacecraft after launch.
Ball Aerospace has an extensive heritage with NASA science and exploration missions. This strong history informs our technology development and enables us to provide science at any scale.