Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer
OSIRIS REx is a NASA New Frontiers mission to return a sample of an asteroid to the Earth.
The spacecraft launches in 2016, rendezvous with asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 in 2018, and journeys back to Earth in 2021, re-entering in 2023.
SDL is designing, building, and testing the detector electronics assemblies for the three OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAM) instruments. The OCAMS will provide long-range acquisition of RQ36 and imaging of its surface down to millimeter ranges, along with global mapping, sample-site characterization, and sample acquisition documentation.