Sensonor takes part in a long journey to Mars
NASA's remote exploration vehicle, the Curiosity rover just
started its exciting exploration of the red planet.
The Curiosity has a large payload of advanced scientific
equipment and also includes two high accuracy silicon MEMS pressure
sensors for atmospheric analysis. These SW380 silicon MEMS sensor
chips are designed and manufactured by Sensonor. We are of course
very proud and encouraged by being part of this mission.
This is not the first time that we are part of an exciting distant
and demanding mission. The same sensor used in this mission was
also used to monitor possible micro leakage in the tires of the
landing gears in the NASA's Space Shuttles as well as in air data
computers. While having our products in space and in satellites,
this is the mission that is the most exiting one of them all.
Like one of the key process engineers to the SW380, Mr. Henning
Sorensen, stated; "it is strange to think that I have handled and
processed parts that now are on Mars. I had great fun telling this
to my kids and friends"
Sensonor formally started its business in 1985; however the
development that led to the current business goes back to 1965 when
the first basic MEMS research took place. Since then, the company
has established a unique competence in designing and manufacturing
high precision MEMS products. It is also worthwhile mentioning that
the SW380 was the world's first high precession MEMS pressure
sensors that was manufactured in some 150 thousand units now
Sensonor is today in the lead in several areas, and delivery
products of the highest performance with exceptional reliability
and performance. Today's portfolio of MEMS gyro modules and IMU's
are the highest performing and lowest weight solutions commercially
available in the market. We are always looking to improve on the
existing solutions in the market, building on our competence and
pushing the limits of the MEMS technology.