Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Canadian Space Agency has developed and delivered a Laser Altimeter to Lookheed Martin's Space Systems facility near Denver.
It will be part of the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-
Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) project, an international effort to collect a sample of Asteroid Bennu and bring it to Earth.
Canada's laser altimeter will be integrated onto the spacecraft and undergo spacecraft-level testing, before the September 2016 launch.
Why Bennu? Bennu has the potential to impact the Earth in the late 2100s. Planning ahead is important.
Details of CSA's laser altimeter: Here
Details of OSIRIS-REx Here (includes cool image of Asteroid Bennu)