OTES checkout complete
The OTES initial checkout has completed and all data/telemetry have been transmitted to the DSN. So far, we’ve received about 70% of the data from the DSN. We expect to have the remaining data later this evening. Initial assessment of the science data indicates nominal instrument performance.... more
OTES powered on!
Good news! OTES was successfully powered on and is operating nominally in its housekeeping mode. All instrument telemetry appears nominal. We will wait 3 hours for thermal equilibration before we start collecting our first checkout science data.
OTES is on its way to Bennu!
NASA launched the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on September 8, 2016, and the spacecraft is now on its multi-million mile journey to asteroid Bennu.  For more, see here.
OSIRIS-REx and OTES pass readiness review

OSIRIS-REx (and OTES) pass launch readiness review, spacecraft powered on. Looks good for launch in 2 days!

OTES shipped to Cape Canaveral

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, with OTES on board, has been shipped from Lockheed Martin in Denver to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. There both spacecraft and OTES will be prepared for the September 2016 launch.

OTES completes spacecraft thermal-vacuum testing

The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) has been integrated with the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and it has successfully completed its thermal-vacuum testing at Lockheed Martin in Denver.

First ASU-built space instrument ready for final lab tests

The first space instrument to be built at Arizona State University has just received the electronics it will use in flight. This starts the final laboratory tests leading to its launch next year on a NASA rocket.

The electronics for the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer, or OTES... more

Rendezvous with an asteroid: ASU to build mineral survey instrument

A newly announced NASA mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth will include an instrument built at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). The ASU instrument will analyze long-wavelength infrared light emitted from the asteroid to map... more

Engineering students help build instrument for NASA asteroid mission

Four engineering students at Arizona State University, three of them undergraduates, are gaining practical experience by helping to build a mineral-scouting instrument that will fly on a NASA mission to an asteroid. They are drafting the detailed plans for each of the instrument's components and... more

ASU instrument plays key role in NASA mission

An instrument designed at Arizona State University to identify and map the minerals on the surface of an asteroid is a key element in a new NASA mission-concept. Philip Christensen, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration on ASU's Tempe campus, is the instrument's designer and principal... more