Cobham’s Magnetoresistive Random-Access Memories (MRAMs) launched aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), on March 14, 2016.
The MRAMs are used by the Nadir and Occultation for MArs
Discovery (NOMAD) instrument on the TGO. NOMAD is a spectrometer
suite that will measure the spectrum of sunlight across a wide
range of wavelengths, enabling the detection of components of the
Martian atmosphere. Cobham's Semiconductor Solutions business
unit, part of the Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions sector,
provided the MRAMs to the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia
(IAA) and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB).
Cobham MRAMs were chosen due to the part's access time, data
retention and footprint, as well as radiation performance. Five
MRAMs have been integrated on an interface board on the instrument.
IAA confirmed in April that the board was powered on during
flight and the MRAMs are working properly. "Cobham extends our
sincere thanks to IAA, BIRA-IASB and ESA, along with our
congratulations on a successful design, launch and mission," said
Jeff Hassannia, Senior Vice-President of Business Development and
Technology for Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions.
The ExoMars program is a joint endeavour between the European
Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency
(Roscosmos). The first mission of the ExoMars program is ExoMars
2016. It is scheduled to arrive at Mars in October 2016 and
consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and an entry, descent and
landing demonstrator module (EDM) known as
Schiaparelli. The main objectives of this mission are
to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases
that could be signatures of active biological or geological
processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA's
contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.
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