SuperCam and robotic arm put in on 2020 Mars rover – Astronomy Now

June 30, 2019 - Comment

Engineers connect the Mars 2020 rover’s primary robotic arm in a clear room on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mast supporting the NASA-CNES SuperCam instrument is seen at left. Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech After putting in the wheels and suspension that can allow the Mars 2020 rover to maneuver in regards to the floor of the crimson



Engineers connect the Mars 2020 rover’s primary robotic arm in a clear room on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mast supporting the NASA-CNES SuperCam instrument is seen at left. Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After putting in the wheels and suspension that can allow the Mars 2020 rover to maneuver in regards to the floor of the crimson planet, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have put in the SuperCam instrument and the rover’s 2.1-metre (7-foot)-long robotic arm. Launch stays focused for July 2020.

The multi-purpose SuperCam, developed by the French house company CNES and the Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory in the US, is has been dubbed the Swiss military knife of devices” aboard the rover.

Much like the ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover at the moment at work in Gale Crater, SuperCam options an expanded set of remote-sensing instruments that can allow distant detection of compounds that might have performed a task within the improvement of life if it ever developed on Mars.

Capabilities embrace Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, or LIBS, for finding out elemental composition, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, color imaging and audio recording with a microphone.

For direct manipulation of floor samples, Mars 2020 is now geared up with its primary robotic arm, put in 21 June. The appendage options 5 motorised joints and ultimately will carry a posh rotating turret on its finish that can embrace high-definition cameras, science devices and a percussive drill and coring mechanism to gather and assist analyse soil and rock samples. The rover additionally will cache collected samples on the floor for doable return to Earth on a future mission.

“You need to give a hand to our rover arm set up crew,” Ryan van Schilifgaarde, an meeting engineer, stated in a NASA launch. “They made an especially intricate operation look simple. We’re trying ahead to extra of the identical when the arm will obtain its turret within the subsequent few weeks.”

The Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to land in Jezero Crater on 18 February 2021.



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