TESAT know-how sends knowledge from Mars to Earth
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Right now for the primary time in historical past, sound indicators from Mars had been acquired on Earth and gave an thought on how the Purple Planet appears like. This, in addition to having the chance to have a look at photographs of Mars’ floor, are solely possi- ble by way of know-how made by TESAT in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The accountable know-how are so known as travelling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) that, merely put, amplify an outgoing radio frequency sign to make it receivable in far distances. With out these units, indicators from distant spacecraft wouldn’t be highly effective sufficient to achieve Earth.
In context of the present Mars mission, a number of spacecraft make use of this particular TESAT know-how. Only a few days in the past, proper earlier than the landing of Mars rover Perseverance, a TWTA on the Sky Crane was accountable to ship the important te- lemetry knowledge to substantiate the secure and comfortable decreasing.
“TESAT know-how helps connecting folks and to beat borders everywhere in the world – and past! Our merchandise droop the boundaries of the ultimate frontier and assist to make the un- identified concrete. As TESAT we’re proud to be half in so im- portant missions!”
Dr. Marc Steckling, CEO, TESAT
As Perseverance itself isn’t highly effective sufficient to ship knowledge on to Earth, it makes use of each present Mars orbiters as relay stations: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), whose personal function is the exploration and investigation of the planet Mars, and MAVEN, which investigates Mars’ environment. Each orbiter have a number of amplifying units from TESAT on board to ship their collected knowledge to Earth – now together with knowledge from Perseverance.
At TESAT in Backnang, round 1,000 staff develop, manufacture and distrib- ute techniques and gear for telecommunications through satellite tv for pc. The product vary
spans from smallest space-specific elements to modules, whole assemblies or pay- hundreds. As world’s solely supplier and know-how chief of in-orbit-verified optical
terminals for knowledge transmission through laser (LCTs), TESAT has a deal with business and institutional house applications.
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