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Force sensors on the Mars Rover Curiosity

02 October 2012

Strainsert has supplied over 40 customised force sensors for use across NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission which recently landed its Mars Rover Curiosity mobile laboratory in the Gale Crater area on the Red Planet.

Strainsert designed and manufactured mission critical sensors for various functions including the major spacecraft separations (cruise stage, heat shield, descent stage, ballast masts and rover), as well as the retention of the mobility (wheels), high gain antenna, camera mast, robotic arm and mechanisms retaining two spare drill bits.

UK-based distributor of Strainsert sensors, Ixthus Instrumentation works closely with the company to provide cost-effective solutions for tough load measurement applications where an internal or 'down-hole' strain gauging technique offers considerable protection benefits for high accuracy force measurement from 100 N to 5 MN.

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