HELICOPTER OPERATIONS REHEARSAL – Wednesday, July 19
00:00 – Recovery Helicopter One touches down at staged landing area.
00:25 – Helicopter safety briefing with pilot and sample recovery team members.
01:43 – Helicopter One begins practice sorties with groups of team members.
03:30 – Practice towing the SRC on a line and returning it to the ground.
05:32 – Team members practice walking in wet and muddy conditions.
OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid. It will deliver a cupful of rocky material from near-Earth asteroid Bennu to Utah’s West Desert on September 24, 2023. Team members from the mission gathered at the Department of Defense Utah Test and Training Range on July 17-19 to rehearse the sample return event. They practiced bagging and moving an engineering model of the sample return capsule from a staged landing area to a clean tent where the sample will undergo initial processing in September. The event was the second of three increasingly realistic rehearsals prior to sample recovery.
Map of Utah's West Desert and the expected landing area for the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule. The capsule is expected to touch down in restricted airspace, on a vast salt flat stretching from Gold Hill in the west to Wig Mountain in the east.
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 188.8.131.52.0