Sener Aerospace will be represented in the new spacecraft of the future Mars exploration mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) called Mars 2020 or M2020, which is scheduled to start this summer.
The company, which already participated in the Curiosity rover from NASA’s previous mission to Mars, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), with the same mechanism, will design, manufacture, test and integrate the antenna alignment mechanism. HGAG) which enables direct bi-directional communication between the vehicle or rover and the tracking stations on earth.
As with the MSL mission, the company is responsible for the HGAG aiming mechanism in partnership with Airbus Defense and Space, which is the prime contractor for the HGAG system and high gain antenna. The contract was awarded as part of the technological collaboration agreement between NASA and the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and as a continuation of the collaboration in the MSL mission.
The aiming mechanism has two degrees of freedom, the height above the azimuth, and is integrated into the vehicle platform, from where it achieves the precise aiming of the antenna at the earth. Each degree of freedom moves independently using an actuator to achieve the required speeds and precision. The company is also responsible for the fastening system during take-off and the subsequent use of the antenna in the operational phase on Mars.
This new contract joins other projects he has developed for the space sector. To date, more than 275 devices and systems for satellites and spacecraft have been delivered to agencies in the USA (NASA), Europe (ESA), Japan (JAXA) and Russia (Roscosmos).
The Sener company will take part in the World Congress for Telescopes and Astronomical Instruments SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018, which will take place in Austin (Texas) until June 15.
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