Maxar Congratulates NASA on Launch of Perseverance Rover,
Maxar Congratulates NASA on Launch of Perseverance Rover, Featuring Next-Generation Space Robotics
Maxar contributes a sixth robotic arm for Mars exploration
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 30, 2020 — Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, congratulates NASA on the successful launch of Perseverance Rover, which began its journey to Mars on an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida earlier today. Maxar built Perseverance’s Sample Handling Assembly (SHA) robotic arm and camera focus system, and it has more than 30 years of space robotics heritage, including five robotic arms for previous Mars missions – the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, and Phoenix and InSight landers.
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As Perseverance explores, the Maxar-built robotic arm will manipulate, assess, encapsulate, store and release collected Martian soil and rock samples. Image: NASA JPL-Caltech
When Perseverance lands on Mars in February 2021, it will begin searching for signs of livable conditions and microbial life from the ancient past. As Perseverance explores, the SHA will manipulate, assess, encapsulate, store and release collected Martian soil and rock samples....