Cobham recently received two awards totalling $20.5M to provide actuators for the Mars 2020 mission.
NASA has again selected Cobham's actuators to drive the rover
wheels and provide steering motion, move the high-gain antenna and
perform remote sensing mast deployment. Cobham's actuators were
also selected by Malin Space Science Systems for two of the
"We believe Cobham actuators were selected for Mars 2020 due to
our successful track record on the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover launch
in 2012," said Bill Brown, vice president of Cobham Motion Control.
"After a 350,000,000 mile journey to Mars and three years of
completing daily tasks, our actuators met the challenges of the
gruelling Martian atmosphere, including -120oC
temperatures and a volatile dust environment. Our range of low,
medium and high torque designs are used in almost every
motion-related activity on the Curiosity Rover. The Mars 2020
mission will require the same challenges and tasks."
Work under the contracts will be performed by Cobham Integrated
Electronic Solutions, a business unit of the Cobham Advanced
Electronic Solutions sector, at the Hauppauge, New York site which
specializes in high reliability motion control solutions.
"Cobham employees are excited to again be working with
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on this important mission to
Mars and to contribute to the search for signs of extra-terrestrial
life," added Brown.
The 2020 rover mission is part of the NASA Mars Exploration
Program's long-term robotic exploration of the red planet. Designed
to advance high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, the
mission will address key questions about the potential for life and
challenges of future human expeditions to Mars.
More information can be found at www.Cobham.com/motion.
About Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions
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Through intensive cooperation with our military and
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