Member Spotlight: A Conversation About Working on the Mars Rover Perseverance
Earlier this year, on February 18, 2021, the next-generation Mars Rover, Perseverance, successfully landed on Mars. According to Earth and Sky Magazine, Perseverance was the first artificial object to land on Mars since 2018, and the first Rover to land since 2012 when Curiosity touched down.
Perseverance traveled 293 million miles (472 million km) – over 203 days, and hit the Martian atmosphere traveling at almost 12,000 miles per hour (19,000 kmh), About a mile above Mars surface, the descent module fired its engines, while a terrain relative navigation system scanned and analyzed the terrain below, then matched it up with maps in its database to prepare for touchdown.
All this requires some sophisticated and rugged microelectronics and semiconductor technology. So, what makes this even more exciting for us at 3D InCites, is that 3D PLUS, winner of the 2021 Device of the Year Award, and Community Member, StratEdge Corporation, both provided the advanced packaging technology to make this possible.
In this episode, we talk to Patrice Benard, of 3D Plus, and Casey Krawiec, of StratEdge Corporation to learn about the experience of working on this exciting project.
Stratedge Corporation specializes in high frequency, high power, high-reliability semiconductor packages. Markets served include telecom, VSAT, broadband wireless, satellite, military, test and measurement, automotive, clean energy, and down-hole. Learn more at Stratedge.com.
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3D Plus provides advanced, high-density 3D microelectronic products to space, avionics, and defense markets. Learn more at 3D-Plus.com.