Crane Aerospace & Electronics congratulates National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the successful landing of Curiosity on the Gale Crater, Mars, with InterpointTM dc-dc converter and EMI filter modules on board. Curiosity’s goal is not to find Martian life, but rather to seek out carbon-based organic compounds that are the building blocks of life, and then to determine whether the Gale Crater landing site was ever suitable for creatures. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 26, 2011 via an Atlas V rocket.
Crane supports Curiosity with nine different Interpoint dc-dc converter and EMI filter families including the SMFLHP, SMRT, SMHF and SFME. Interpoint dc-dc converters are designed for the demanding environments in space, defense, aerospace and industrial applications. Interpoint EMI filters complement our dc-dc converters, simplifying system compliance to MIL-STD-461 and other demanding requirements.
“We are very excited about the Mars Curiosity mission, achieving a significant milestone! Interpoint products have been supporting NASA’s Cassini-Huygens, launched in 1997, which is continuing to send back valuable data on Saturn and its moons,” states Ed Fuhr, Vice President of Power Solutions for Crane Aerospace & Electronics.