Spacecraft Coordinate System Definition and Illustration

Word of the Week: Spacecraft Coordinate System

A set of three axes (called X, Y and Z) originating from the center of the spacecraft, which provides a method to describe locations on the spacecraft.

On the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, the science instrument deck is located on the +Z side, and the TAGSAM arm is located on the -X side.

Credit: University of Arizona


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