Public Invited To Learn About The OSIRIS-REx Mission

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

October 27, 2015 – The November AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Speakers Program will feature Richard Kuhns, OSIRIS-REx Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Kuhns will explain the OSIRIS-REx mission, highlighting the science goals and the design of the spacecraft and instruments.

NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx will collect a sample of material from Near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu, a carbon-rich asteroid that could hold clues to the origin of the solar system.

Lockheed Martin recently completed assembly of OSIRIS-REx. Over the next five months, the spacecraft will undergo environmental testing to simulate the vacuum, vibration and extreme temperatures it will experience in the harsh environment of space. The mission is expected to launch in September 2016.

With 20 years of experience covering the entire project life cycle, from proposal development through operations, Kuhn’s primary focus areas have been electrical engineering and program management. He will explain the mission timeline and CONOPS, and share ways for the public to follow the progress of the program as it moves through implementation.

The AIAA program will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ Waterton Campus Engineering Building, 2nd Floor Titan Conference Center. A social will begin at 6:00 p.m. MDT, followed by a 6:30 p.m. program.

US citizenship is required to attend this program, but AIAA membership is not necessary. R.S.V.P by Monday November 16th for badge access Register via the Rocky Mountain AIAA website. For questions call or email: 303-939-4636 czeller@ball.com