The aerospace community held its collective breath with NASA mission control on October 20, 2020 as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx successfully fulfilled its mission to collect dust and rock samples from asteroid Bennu. In addition to the delicate nature of this task, Redwire contributed to the mission as the company’s Coarse Sun Sensor, developed by our Adcole Space teams, is responsible for OSIRIS-REx’s solar-array pointing, sun acquisition and fail-safe recovery operations.
The Coarse Sun Sensor Detector is a navigational instrument used by spacecraft to detect the position of the sun.
Redwire is very proud to be part of this historic mission. Amongst other scientific advances put forth by this mission, humankind will get a window into the origins of the universe. The samples from Bennu could help scientists understand not only more about asteroids that could impact Earth but also about how planets formed, and life began.
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To learn more about the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, click here.