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OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission Passes Important Design Review

Date: 10-Apr-2014 12:13 PM

Lockheed Martin to Build Asteroid Sample Return Spacecraft

DENVER, April 10, 2014 - NASA's OSIRIS-REx program has successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of the mission and has been given approval to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is responsible for development of the spacecraft, which will be the first U.S. mission sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect and return samples.

This major milestone was achieved after a successful mission critical design review (CDR) for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. The review was performed by an independent review board, comprised of experts from NASA and several external organizations, that validated the detailed design of the spacecraft, instruments and ground system.

"Passing CDR is a significant milestone in our program," said Rich Kuhns, program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "We have now completed the spacecraft design and are transitioning into fabrication as we prepare for the assembly, test and launch operations phase of the mission."

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2016, rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018 and spend a year of reconnaissance at the asteroid, before collecting a sample of at least 2 ounces (60 grams) and returning it to Earth for scientists to study in 2023.

"The OSIRIS-REx team has consistently demonstrated its ability to present a comprehensive mission design that meets all requirements within the resources provided by NASA," said principal investigator Dante Lauretta, from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. "Mission CDR was no exception. This is a great team. I know we will build a flight and ground system that is up to the challenges of this ambitious mission."

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will provide overall mission management, systems engineering, and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. The University of Arizona leads the effort and provides the camera system and science processing and operations center. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver will build the spacecraft, the sampling and Earth-return system, and perform spacecraft mission operations. OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program, which is managed by the Marshall Spaceflight Center.


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NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

Topics for submissions by the public should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. The mission team will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages can be submitted Sept. 2 - 30.

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/september/nasa-invites-public-to-submit-messages-for-asteroid-mission-time-capsule/#.VAYBEfldWa8

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NASA | Bennu's Journey Teaser

Published on Sep 23, 2014
http://www.asteroidmission.org/movie

The solar system today is an orderly place, much quieter than it was in its turbulent youth. How did our Sun, the Earth and the planets evolve from a whirlpool of gas, dust, and fiery droplets of molten rock? To answer this question, scientists are planning to visit asteroid Bennu (1999 RQ-36), which is composed of the same raw ingredients that created the planets. Bennu is a survivor of our solar system's early chaos, and following its journey will teach us a great deal about our own origins. This video is the official teaser for Bennu's Journey, a signature animation of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission; the full-length video will be released in November 2014.


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A couple of low res pictures of early work on the mission.
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Update (didn't realize we already have the flow thread) recently:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/international-effort-asteroids-protect-earth-threat/

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NASA | Studying an Asteroid on Earth

Published on Jun 30, 2015
Astrobiologists like Jason Dworkin are keenly interested in the origins of life on Earth, but the evidence that they seek was erased long ago by Earth’s geology and chemistry. Fortunately, asteroids like Bennu preserve the solar system’s earliest ingredients, including the carbon-based building blocks of life. That’s why NASA is sending a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx to explore asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth. The material collected by OSIRIS-REx will provide a wealth of data for future generations of astrobiologists, shedding light on one of Earth’s biggest mysteries.


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More developments on this mission.

Osiris-Rex Gets its First Asteroid-Inspecting Instrument

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WASHINGTON — The first of five imaging instruments for a NASA asteroid-sampling mission launching next year arrived at spacecraft prime contractor Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, for integration, the University of Arizona said in a June 26 press release.

The instrument, the Osiris-rex Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) allows Osiris-Rex, the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer, to analyze the mineral and chemical composition of its target asteroid and take the asteroid’s temperature.

Arizona State University built OTES at its Tempe, Arizona, campus. Dante Lauretta at the University of Arizona is principal investigator.

http://spacenews.com/osiris-rex-gets-its-first-asteroid-inspecting-instrument/#sthash.wiKrxIwn.dpuf

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Cameras Delivered for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission as Launch Prep Continues

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/cameras-delivered-for-nasa-s-osiris-rex-mission-as-launch-prep-continues

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The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock.

A camera suite that will allow NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to see a near-Earth asteroid, map it, and pick a safe and interesting place to touch the surface and collect a sample, has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver for installation to the spacecraft.

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Asteroid Sample Mission Spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, Completed at Lockheed Martin

21-Oct-2015 2:45 PM

DENVER, Oct. 21, 2015 - Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed the assembly of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The spacecraft is now undergoing environmental testing at the company's Space Systems facilities near Denver. OSIRIS-REx will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

OSIRIS-REx - which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer - is going to Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that could hold clues to the origin of the solar system.

"This is an exciting time for the program, as we now have a completed spacecraft and the team gets to test drive it, in a sense, before we actually fly it to Bennu," said Rich Kuhns, OSIRIS-REx program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "The environmental test phase is an important time in the mission, as it will reveal any issues with the spacecraft and instruments, while here on Earth, before we send it into deep space."

Over the next five months, the spacecraft will be subjected to a range of rigorous tests that simulate the vacuum, vibration and extreme temperatures it will experience throughout the life of its mission. Specifically, OSIRIS-REx will undergo tests to simulate the harsh environment of space, including thermal vacuum, launch acoustics, separation and deployment shock, vibration, and electromagnetic interference and compatibility.

"This milestone marks the end of the design and assembly stage," said Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona, Tucson. "We now move on to test the entire flight system over the range of environmental conditions that will be experienced on the journey to Bennu and back. This phase is critical to mission success, and I am confident that we have built the right system for the job."

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to ship from Lockheed Martin's facility to NASA's Kennedy Space Center next May, where it will undergo final preparations for launch.

"OSIRIS-REx is entering environmental testing on schedule, on budget and with schedule reserves," said Mike Donnelly, OSIRIS-REx project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "This allows us to have flexibility if any concerns arise during final launch preparations."

After launch in September 2016, the spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring at least a 60-gram (2.1-ounce) sample back to Earth for study.

Scientists expect that Bennu may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the source of water and organic molecules that may have made their way to Earth. OSIRIS-REx's investigation will inform future efforts to develop a mission to mitigate an Earth impact of an asteroid, should one be required.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. Dante Lauretta is the mission's principal investigator at the University of Arizona. Lockheed Martin Space Systems near Denver is building the spacecraft and will provide flight operations. OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages New Frontiers for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

About Lockheed Martin
 Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission:
•http://www.asteroidmission.org/
•http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex
•http://www.lockheedmartin.com/osirisrex

VIDEO: Asteroids and the OSIRIS-REx Mission,


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Canada takes aim at an asteroid

The Canadian Space Agency delivers its contribution to the first U.S. mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth

Longueuil, Quebec, December 17, 2015 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has delivered a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, its contribution to a NASA mission that will be Canada’s first international attempt to bring a sample of an asteroid to Earth. NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission will study Bennu, an asteroid that has the potential to impact the Earth in the late 2100s. 

The Canadian-built OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) has arrived at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado. In the coming months, OLA will be integrated onto the spacecraft and undergo spacecraft-level testing in preparation for launch in  September 2016.

Built for the CSA by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and their partner, Optech, OLA will create unprecedented 3D maps of Bennu to help the mission team select a site from which to collect a sample.The CSA will own a portion of the returned sample, which will be studied by Canadian scientists.

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·          OSIRIS-REx will reach Bennu in late 2018. The sample will return to Earth in 2023.

·          Dr. Michael Daly of York University is the OLA lead instrument scientist. The Canadian science team contributing to the mission also  includes researchers from the University of Calgary, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.

·          The CSA’s total investment in OSIRIS-REx for the full life cycle of the mission is $61 million over 15 years to support the development of OLA and the science team.


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“The scans that our laser altimeter will return from this asteroid will enable Canadian scientists to take part in an international effort that could revolutionize our understanding of the solar system.  I’m proud that the Canadian Space Agency is supporting NASA on such an ambitious international mission and pushing science and innovation to exciting new frontiers.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development   


“This is an exciting milestone in a groundbreaking international partnership that will improve our understanding of asteroids and the composition of the very early solar system. The Canadian-built laser altimeter is a critical component of the OSIRIS-REx mission, and NASA values and appreciates our partners at the CSA.”

Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science, NASA

“The data received from OLA will be key to determining a safe sample site on Bennu. This instrument is a valuable addition to the spacecraft, and I appreciate our Canadian partners’ hard work and contribution to the OSIRIS-REx mission.”

Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona, Tucson. 

“OLA will measure the shape and topography of Bennu to a much higher fidelity and with much greater efficiency than any planetary science mission has achieved. This information is essential to understanding the evolution and current state of the asteroid.  It will also provide invaluable information in aid of retrieving a sample of Bennu for return to Earth.”

Dr. Michael Daly, OLA lead instrument scientist, York University

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February 19, 2016
RELEASE 16-019

NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid

NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study.

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September and travel to the asteroid Bennu. The #WeTheExplorers campaign invites the public to take part in this mission by expressing, through art, how the mission’s spirit of exploration is reflected in their own lives. Submitted works of art will be saved on a chip on the spacecraft. The spacecraft already carries a chip with more than 442,000 names submitted through the 2014 “Messages to Bennu” campaign.

“The development of the spacecraft and instruments has been a hugely creative process, where ultimately the canvas is the machined metal and composites preparing for launch in September,” said Jason Dworkin, OSIRIS-REx project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It is fitting that this endeavor can inspire the public to express their creativity to be carried by OSIRIS-REx into space.”

A submission may take the form of a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video or other creative or artistic expression that reflects what it means to be an explorer. Submissions will be accepted via Twitter and Instagram until March 20. For details on how to include your submission on the mission to Bennu, go to:

http://www.asteroidmission.org/WeTheExplorers

“Space exploration is an inherently creative activity,” said Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona, Tucson. “We are inviting the world to join us on this great adventure by placing their art work on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, where it will stay in space for millennia.”

The spacecraft will voyage to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) and return it to Earth for study. Scientists expect Bennu may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the source of the water and organic molecules that may have made their way to Earth.

Goddard provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. The University of Arizona, Tucson leads the science team and observation planning and processing. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver is building the spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program.  NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages New Frontiers for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information on OSIRIS-Rex, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex

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Ooh. Cool new @OSIRISREx mission patch sitting on my desk this morning. #JobPerks

Picture on link below.

https://mobile.twitter.com/mk_alien/status/724624041030520833

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

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Published on Apr 29, 2016
The OSIRIS-REx mission, launching in September 2016, plans to return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth in 2023 so that scientists can study pristine material left over from the early solar system. Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator for OSIRIS-REx, provides an overview of this asteroid sample return mission.

Learn more at http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://www.asteroidmission.org.

This video is public domain and can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12227

Download more videos and animations of OSIRIS-REx at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/Gallery/OSIRIS-REx.html

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I got to see OSIRIS-REx in the cleanroom at LM today. Really cool to see spaceflight hardware almost ready to ship out to the launch site. I'm glad that ULA was able to find a root cause on the Atlas V anomaly. Hopefully they have everything back to normal long before O-Rex's September launch window.

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https://www.facebook.com/lockheedmartin/videos/10154969995783538/

At Friday's ‪#‎NASASocial‬, space enthusiasts and social media users from 13 states joined for behind-the-scenes tours of the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver, an up-close look at the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, and a chance to meet scientists and engineers working on the mission. Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and online! If you missed it, this Q&A with the ATLO manager on the clean room floor is a nice recap.

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Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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OSIRIS-REx LIVE Q&A

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Published on May 3, 2016
On April 29 we hosted a live Q&A session from our OSIRIS-REx clean room in Denver. Our engineer Chris McCaa shared behind-the-scene information on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and this innovative mission.

YouTube Location: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=VT1jYIFBh9A

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#ImExcitedAbout my upcoming trip from @LockheedMartin to @NASAKennedy! 11 days and counting... #ShipToCape #LeavinOnAJetPlane #C17
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https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx/photos/a.188106444635520.39196.160193164093515/906612559451568/?type=3&theater

Yesterday, OSIRIS-REx completed it's Pre-Ship Review at Lockheed Martin. The spacecraft is now cleared for transport to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida--the last stop before launch!

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Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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