Since its launch on July 30, 2020, NASA’s Perserverance Rover has successfully landed on the Jezero crater on the red planet yesterday, February 18. Your mission is to look for signs of old life and collect samples that can be brought back to earth. The Spanish space industry had a relevant stake:
Airbus: The Madrid-Barajas Airbus Center built the Mars2020 High Gain Antenna System (HGAS) for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which contains a steerable X-band transmit and receive antenna that provides direct high-speed data communications to earth, to and from made possible by the Perseverance Rover.
Alter Technology: The activities carried out at Alter Technology were vibration, vacuum, radiation and extreme temperature tests for MEDA. As well as the design of the encapsulation and the validation of the MEDA ASIC (Dynamic Analyzer of the Martian Environment).
Arquimea: Through the Ramem company acquired in 2020, the company was responsible for the production of high-quality mechanical elements of the ATS sensor (air temperature sensor) of the MEDA environmental station.
Crisa: The Airbus Defense and Space subsidiary has contributed to the MEDA instrument with the complete development of the control unit and flight software, the development of the electronics, the integration and testing of the two wind sensors and the development of the infrared sensor as, as well as system technology, mission quality assurance and complete instrument integration , where numerous environmental parameters are measured throughout the mission.
Sener Aerospace: Design, manufacture, verification and integration of the High Gain Antenna Aiming Mechanism (HGAG), which enables direct bidirectional communication between perseverance and tracking stations on earth.
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