Ground and In-Flight Calibration of the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite

D. R. Golish, C. Drouet d’Aubigny, B. Rizk, D. N. DellaGiustina, P. H. Smith, K. Becker, N. Shultz, T. Stone, M. K. Barker, E. Mazarico, E. Tatsumi, R. W. Gaskell, L. Harrison, C. Merrill, C. Fellows, B. Williams, S. O’Dougherty, M. Whiteley, J. Hancock, B. E. ClarkC. W. Hergenrother, D. S. Lauretta

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The OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS) onboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is used to study the shape and surface of the mission’s target, asteroid (101955) Bennu, in support of the selection of a sampling site. We present calibration methods and results for the three OCAMS cameras—MapCam, PolyCam, and SamCam—using data from pre-flight and in-flight calibration campaigns. Pre-flight calibrations established a baseline for a variety of camera properties, including bias and dark behavior, flat fields, stray light, and radiometric calibration. In-flight activities updated these calibrations where possible, allowing us to confidently measure Bennu’s surface. Accurate calibration is critical not only for establishing a global understanding of Bennu, but also for enabling analyses of potential sampling locations and for providing scientific context for the returned sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • (101955) Bennu
  • Asteroids
  • Data reduction techniques
  • Instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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