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Teledyne Technologies is proud to contribute several of its advanced high performance image sensors to form part of the complex instrumentation onboard the Mars Rover PERSEVERANCE. Teledyne sensors will power, sense and help analyse the chemical composition of the surface and minerals, including Gy and atmosphere, during the Mars 2020 mission.

The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority scientific goals, including the search for signs of past microbial life and more importantly, answers to address the question of the potential for life on Mars. Providing opportunities to gather knowledge and demonstrate technologies that address the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars, the mission will include:

  • testing a method for producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere
  • identifying other resources (subsurface water)
  • improving landing techniques
  • characterising weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars

Teledyne provided CCD image sensors to drive both the SuperCam and Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC). These instruments will search for organic compounds and minerals, determining if they have been altered by watery environments, and proving signs of past microbial life on the planet.

Further Contribution by Teledyne

A Teledyne semiconductor foundry also built the JPL-designed CCD image sensor that powers SkyCam, part of the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA), a meteorological suite for the Mars 2020 rover.

Teledyne also produced the key optical components for the SHERLOC UV spectrometer, including:

  • the lenses and mirrors in the Conditioning Optics Module
  • lenses in the Context Imager Lens assembly
  • broadband mirrors in the spectrometer module
  • infrared photodiodes held within the SuperCam instrument

In addition, all of the electricity required to operate Perseverance is provided by a system called a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed by Teledyne Energy Systems

Teledyne has a long and proud tradition of enabling the exploration of Mars, including the 2012 Mars rover CURIOSITY, where multiple companies contributed both innovative and robust technology to a successful mission. These included the MMRTG (also onboard PERSEVERANCE), high reliability relays, switches and RF modules and some of the image sensors in the navigation and hazard avoidance cameras.

Jack Richardson