Mars Missions

In conjunction with various missions to the Moon, NASA looked to explore the Red Planet. SMI switches have been on these missions beginning with the orbiter, Surveyor, which operated for 7 years. SMI technology has been on every Mars mission since.

 
 
NASA 2018

NASA 2018

Mars 2020 program

Inspired by the previous Curiosity rover, the Mars 2020 program is looking to analyze the habitability of Mars by assessing surface geology. This mission will contain SMI switches to transmit the data.

 
Insight’s first selfie  NASA 2018

Insight’s first selfie

NASA 2018

INsight

NASA’s latest lander Insight landed on mars in late November 2018. Insight’s most notable geophysical instruments include a seismometer and a heat flow probe which are crucial in studying the deep interior of Mars. This is done by analyzing ground motion, or marsquakes. The overall goal of this two-year mission is to understand how celestial bodies with rocky surfaces formed. This is significant because it will yield more information about Earth and the Moon. This information will be transmitted through smi switches, which remain durable in any condition.

 
Opportunity Rover  NASA

Opportunity Rover

NASA

Rover Spirit and opportunity

On January 3, 2004, the Spirit Rover made a bounce landing on Mars, followed 21 days later by the Opportunity Rover. NASA’s goal was to operate each Rover for just 3 months. Since then, NASA has received over 500,000 pictures and immeasurable amounts of data, all through SMI's switches. WHile contact has been lost for 6 months, it is likely due to low power, not a switch failure. nonetheless,The opportunity rover has remained operational since its launch in 2003, showing the incredible reliability of SMI’s space switches.