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Mars Rover Curiosity Use 42 Strainsert Custom Force Sensors

Strainsert Company, one of the leading producers of standard and custom force sensors for research, weighing, testing, and control applications in the Military, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine industries, has designed and developed 42 custom force sensors that were deployed on the Mars Rover Curiosity which landed safely on the red planet recently.

NASA Mars Rover

Forming a part of Mars Science Laboratory program, the Curiosity made a safe landing on Mars on August 6 following an extended 8+ month flight from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Station. The Mars vehicle is well-built and large in size compared to previous rovers and signifies a milestone achievement for U.S. space exploration. Strainsert is pleased to be a part this major program, once more.

Strainsert developed 42 custom force sensors that can be effectively used for a variety of operations such as the major spacecraft separations including Descent Stage, Cruise Stage, Ballast Masts, Heat Shield, and Rover, and also applicable for retention of the Mobility (wheels), Camera Mast, High Gain Antenna, mechanisms retaining two spare drill bits, and Robotic Arm.

Over the past years, Strainsert force sensors have been deployed in major space programs and the company will operate with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Strainsert is based in Conshohocken, PA and has been well-established as a designer and developer of force sensors products such as force sensing bolts/studs, load cells, tension links, load pins and force measurement systems. Strainsert mainly focuses on force transducer industry. A variety of patented designs have been created by the company’s innovative internal gaging processes. Strainsert’s expertise in serving the aerospace, marine, military, and automotive industries reflects its dedication in meeting customer requirements, and engineering services.

Source: http://www.strainsert.com/

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