Tag Archives: 6-DOF

Integration of the OSIRIS-REx Main Propellant Tank

The assembly of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues to make excellent progress. Most notably, this month Lockheed Martin installed the main propellant tank on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at their Space Systems Company facility near Denver, Colorado. In addition to the large tank, many of the primary propulsion components are in house and undergoing extensive testing and […]

The OSIRIS-REx Design Reference Mission – Our Battle Plan

This week the OSIRIS-REx team gathered at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver to perform a “Design Reference Mission (DRM)” walkthrough. The DRM is basically the battle plan for OSIRIS-REx for accomplishing our goal of returning pristine samples from asteroid Bennu. In addition, the DRM lays out our basic strategy for dealing with any problems […]

Six Degrees of Freedom

The primary objective of OSIRIS-REx is to return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth. Many of the functions required to achieve mission success – such as collecting solar energy for power or communicating with the Earth – are standard for any operating spacecraft. However, there are many unique challenges for this mission. One of […]