Industry Contributions to Mars Rover
- Created: Saturday, 01 September 2012
To accomplish its missions, NASA relies on the support of hundreds of contractors and suppliers. Here's a look at some of the companies that contributed to the Mars Science Laboratory and the future success of Curiosity’s mission on the Red Planet.
ATI Industrial Automation congratulates
the NASA Mars Curiosity team on a hugely
successful landing. We look forward to
contributing our Force/Torque Sensing
Technology to the success of future
Siemens is proud of its role in
NASA’s development of Curiosity. NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Lab oratory implemented NX™
from Siemens PLM Software, a
fully integrated CAD/CAM/CAE
system, as their product engineering
platform. NX CAE offers a modern CAE environment to help realize
shorter design-analysis iterations, and efficient workflows for
FUTEK was commissioned by
NASA JPL to design and develop
two cryogenic sensors
aboard Curiosity. With a donut
load cell operating within the
rover’s drilling arm, it stands
responsible for monitoring the
force exerted upon the Martian ground. Additionally, a multiaxial
sensor supervises the robotic arm as it maneuvers.
Using Stratasys Fused Deposition (FDM) Technology, NASA
engineers create complex rover parts, durable enough for
Martian terrain. Visit Stratasys.com/rover to see how FDM
paves the way for development of human-supporting space
vehicles, helping NASA achieve
its goal of extending human
reach farther into space.
JPL has adopted Maplesoft technology in many of its projects.
Maplesoft products will help save time and reduce cost by providing
very efficient methods for mathematical analysis,
modeling, and simulation.
Maplesoft solutions are
built within a natively symbolic
framework, avoid ing
sources of error and computational
making it suitable for precision-
rich projects. Maplesoft technology is used in a variety of
engineering applications, including space robotics.