Honey­well Helps Nav­i­gate NASA’s Mis­sion to Study Nearby As­ter­oid

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PHOENIX. Honey­well is work­ing with Lock­heed Martin, NASA and the Univer­sity of Ari­zona to sup­port the OSIRIS- REx mis­sion to col­lect sam­ples from the near- Earth as­ter­oid Bennu, us­ing a ro­botic space­craft that launched Septem­ber 8. Honey­well sup­plied Re­ac­tion Wheel As­sem­blies and Minia­ture In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Units to pre­cisely point and sta­bilise the space­craft. These tech­nolo­gies help make the space­craft stead­ier and pro­vide more ac­cu­rate rout­ing, mak­ing them crit­i­cal to mis­sion suc­cess.

Once launched, the OSIRIS- REx space­craft will head to Bennu to study it in depth and to gather be­tween 60 and 2,000 grams of ma­te­ri­als from the as­ter­oid’s sur­face. Once this is com­plete, OSIRIS-REx will re­main in the as­ter­oid’s orbit for about a year to col­lect ad­di­tional data be­fore re­turn­ing to Earth in 2023. The sev­enyear jour­ney would not be pos­si­ble with­out Honey­well’s Minia­ture In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit (MIMU) and its Re­ac­tion Wheel As­sem­blies ( RWAs) to con­trol and ori­ent the space­craft. These tech­nolo­gies will help en­sure that OSIRIS-REx is on the right tra­jec­tory as it trav­els to and from Bennu, and al­low for more con­trol and pre­ci­sion when col­lect­ing sam­ples from the as­ter­oid.

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