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Sierra Nevada Corporation Supports First-Ever U.S. Asteroid Sample
Return Mission, OSIRIS-REx

SPARKS, Nev. (September 8, 2016) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is proud to be supporting NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in its objective to analyze and return the first-ever asteroid sample for the United States. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin and was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral today. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will travel to the asteroid Bennu to analyze and gather a sample, and then return to Earth via a detachable capsule. The spacecraft includes Solar Array Drive Assemblies (SADAs) built by SNC, which support the OSIRIS-REx mission to investigate formation of the solar system and the origin of organics that may have led to life on Earth and potentially elsewhere.


Three for Three
“SNC has now supported all three NASA New Frontiers program missions - providing thermal control systems for New Horizons and Juno, and now mechanical systems on OSIRIS-REx,” said John Roth, vice president of business development for SNC’s Space Systems business area. “We’re honored to work with organizations like Lockheed Martin and NASA, continuing our long heritage of support to solar system exploration.” SNC has provided mechanisms for over 70 NASA missions in the last 25 years, ranging from near-Earth to deep space missions.

Solar Array Drive Assemblies
SNC’s SADAs will keep the two large solar arrays directed at the sun over its seven-year-mission, allowing them to generate power for the five scientific exploration instruments and sample collection devise on board the spacecraft. SNC’s SADAs have a strong yet compact design, using a volume and mass efficient configuration that affords the spacecraft architecture more focus on scientific instruments.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC has been honored as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space,” and one of America’s fastest growing companies. SNC’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, as well as for the international market. SNC has more than 25 years of space heritage, participating in more than 450 successful space missions and delivering 4,000+ systems, subsystems and components around the world. 

For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SierraNevCorp and Twitter @SierraNevCorp. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation.


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NASA’s OSRIS-REx spacecraft preparing for launch.
NASA’s OSRIS-REx spacecraft preparing for launch.

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