Lockheed Martin tapped to build asteroid sample return spacecraft

14 April 2014

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said it is responsible for development of the spacecraft that will be the first US mission sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect and return samples through NASA´s OSIRIS-REx program.

Lockheed said it has received successful mission critical design review for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer mission. The review validated the detailed design of the spacecraft, instruments and ground system.

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2016, rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018 and spend a year of reconnaissance at the asteroid, before collecting a sample of at least two ounces (60 grams) and returning it to Earth for scientists to study in 2023.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission visit http://www.asteroidmission.org/.

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