Tag Archives: OSIRIS-REx

Maxar Subsidiary’s Laser Tech Scans Bennu for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

A laser altimeter instrument Maxar Technologies‘ MDA subsidiary built for a NASA space probe has began to scan and collect data of the asteroid Bennu. MDA provided the light detection and ranging sensor technology that currently supports the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer under a contract with the Canadian space agency, Maxar said Monday. …

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Lockheed-Built Spacecraft Reaches Bennu Asteroid

The Lockheed Martin-built Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer arrived Monday at the asteroid Bennu after a 1.2B-mile journey. NASA said Tuesday its navigation team will use preliminary survey data to prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s entrance to the potentially hazardous asteroid’s orbit on Dec. 31 to collect two ounces of regolith samples. The …

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Lockheed Tests NASA Space Probe’s Robotic Sampling Arm

A team of Lockheed Martin engineers has commanded NASA‘s OSIRIS-REx space probe to move a robotic sampling arm designed to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. Lockheed said Friday its engineering team tested movements of the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism to determine the TAGSAM device’s readiness for upcoming asteroid surface material collection. OSIRIX-REx, which lifted off in …

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Lockheed to Build Asteroid Exploration Spacecraft for a NASA Discovery Program Mission

NASA has selected Lockheed Martin to build, design and operate spacecraft that would support research into the bulk physical properties, geology and surface composition of  six Jupiter Trojan asteroids orbiting the sun. Lockheed said Thursday the Lucy spacecraft will be built through one of NASA’s two new Discovery Program missions and that the agency established …

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EaglePicher to Supply Power Source for Lockheed-Built NASA Solar System Study Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin‘s space systems business has selected EaglePicher to provide a power source for the NASA Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft launched in September. EaglePicher said Monday it has provided 8-cell lithium batteries, the main spacecraft battery and two identical 28-volt, 30-ampere-hour batteries to power the return capsule …

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Lockheed-Built OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Lifts Off for Asteroid Sampling Mission

NASA launched a Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket on a mission to explore and collect a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Lockheed said Wednesday the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft separated from the Atlas V 411 rocket nearly an hour …

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NASA OKs Sept. 8 Launch for Lockheed-Built OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft After Launch Readiness Review

NASA has given the Lockheed Martin-built Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft the go-ahead to launch on Sept. 8 after the space vehicle passed a launch readiness evaluation Tuesday, Space News reported. Jeff Foust writes the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida onboard …

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NASA to Launch Lockheed-Built Spacecraft for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

A Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft is scheduled for liftoff on Sept. 8 from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket as part of a NASA  mission to survey a near-Earth asteroid and return a sample back home. Lockheed said the University of Arizona will lead the space agency’s seven-year Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith …

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ULA, Air Force Launch 2 Orbital ATK-Built Space Situational Awareness Satellites

The United Launch Alliance has worked with the U.S. Air Force‘s 45th Space Wing to launch the third and fourth Orbital ATK-built Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites aboard a Delta IV rocket. The Air Force said Friday the launch of the two GSSAP satellites is part of the AFSPC-6 mission to advance space situational awareness. …

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