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Mechanisms- Mastcam Z

Imaging Mechanism

Mastcam-Z

When NASA JPL’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is searching for rocks that might have signs of past life, or watercourses on the Martian surface, it will use its mast-mounted 3D stereoscopic camera system, the Mastcam-Z, whose optomechanical systems were engineered and built by Motiv Space Systems under the guidance of ASU PI Jim Bell and Malin Space Science Systems.

Overview

The first high-definition, 3-D zoom-capable stereo camera system ever sent to another planet. The Mastcam-Z sits above the rover at 2 meters high and serves as the primary science imager of the Perseverance rover.

Key Capabilities

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High-Definition Video

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3D Images

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Panoramic Color Imaging

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28-100mm Zoom Range

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Ability to Resolve Features 1mm Across at a Distance of 100-Meters

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360-degree swivel and 180-degree up and down panning

Key Applications

Textural Observations

Mineralogical Observations

Morphological Observations

Geologic History Observations

Atmospheric Observations

Astronomical Observations

Rover Navigation

Sample Selection

Sample Extraction Guidance

Sample Caching Guidance

Clients

client logo Malin Space
client logo NASA
client logo JPL
Client logo Arizona State University

Mission

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Mars 202 Space Flight Mission Badge
Mechanisms Filter Wheel alone

Imaging Mechanism

SOMS Filter Wheel

The SOMS filter wheel was a challenging project that required novel solutions for structural, thermal, and controls.  With a hybrid servo/stepper drive schema, we were able to significantly reduce heat load into the cryogenic shroud around the wheel which was needed for proper imaging.

Overview

The SOMS filter wheel will be used on an imaging platform in earth orbit.  In addition to engineering and building the wheel assembly and actuator, Motiv utilized its Bravo controller with embedded control software to position the wheel. 

Key Capabilities

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8 Locations for Filters or Powered Optical Elements

Low Power Drive Electronics

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Stable Cryo Temperatures for Wheel

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100mm Filter Diameter

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431mm Outer Diameter

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5-Second Transition Between Filters

Key Applications

Multi-Spectral Observations

Powered Element Observations

Clients

client logo JPL
Mastcam Filter Wheel Mechanism

Imaging Mechanism

Mastcam-Z Filter Wheel

When NASA JPL’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is searching for rocks that might have signs of past life, or watercourses on the Martian surface, it will use its mast-mounted 3D stereoscopic camera system, the Mastcam-Z, whose optomechanical systems were engineered and built by Motiv Space Systems under the guidance of ASU PI Jim Bell and Malin Space Science Systems.

Overview

A wheel containing 8 specialty filters mounted in front of the Perseverance Rover’s primary imaging sensors, allowing scientists to filter out specific wavelengths of light for a range of scientific applications.

Key Capabilities

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Rapid Switching Between Filters

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Ability to Operate on the Harsh Martian Environment

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Optical Precision

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Broadband RGB Bayer Pattern Imaging

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Multispectral Imaging in 11 Narrow Filters

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Direct Solar Imaging in RGB and 880 nm

Key Applications

Mineralogical Observations

Iron Oxide Characterization

Geological Observations

Solar Observation & Imaging

Water / Ice Identification

Clients

client logo Malin Space
client logo NASA
client logo JPL
Client logo Arizona State University

Mission

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Mars 202 Space Flight Mission Badge

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