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 missions.

altSiemens 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 and manufacturing platform. NX CAE offers a modern CAE environment to help realize shorter design-analysis iterations, and efficient workflows for multi-discipline simulation.

altFUTEK 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.

altUsing Stratasys Fused Deposition (FDM) Technology, NASA engineers create complex rover parts, durable enough for Martian terrain. Visit 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.

altJPL 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 inefficiencies, making it suitable for precision- rich projects. Maplesoft technology is used in a variety of engineering applications, including space robotics.

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