Tag Archives: Sample Return Capsule

Spacecraft Structure – The Bones of OSIRIS-REx

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the spacecraft composite fabrication lab at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company facility near Denver. The construction of OSIRIS-REx has begun! The first flight components include the spacecraft structural parts – basically the skeleton of our spacecraft upon which all other components will be mounted. Spacecraft structures have […]

Ten Years of Spacecraft Design

February 2014 marked my ten-year anniversary working on the OSIRIS-REx project. At this point, we have completed most of our subsystem design reviews and are diligently preparing for the Mission Critical Design Review the first week of April. I decided to celebrate this important milestone with a look back at how the overall design of […]


AKA – Contamination Science Investigation for OSIRIS-REx OSIRIS-REx is driven by the top-level science objective to return >60 g of pristine, carbonaceous regolith from asteroid Bennu.  In support of this objective, OSIRIS-REx has a team of sample scientists, based at Johnson Space Center (JSC), who are capable of analyzing material down to the atomic level. […]

Riding the Vomit Comet

This week, I was at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado for the Critical Design Review of our Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) and the Sample Return Capsule (SRC). The review went very well and Lockheed Martin has made great progress in the design of these units, as well as the detailed planning for […]

How To Get To Bennu and Back

OSIRIS-REx is a mission to visit asteroid Bennu, pluck a sample from its surface, and bring it back to Earth. It is a journey across the vast emptiness of space, spanning over seven years. The journey will be made by a spacecraft travelling at enormous speeds across the Solar System, capable of performing precision maneuvers […]