SensComp is proud to announce that one of its electrostatic sensors passed the rigorous testing criteria to be qualified as a component of an upcoming NASA mission to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. This mission will launch an 8-bladed rotorcraft over 740 million miles to study the fundamental components of organic life on Titan.
SensComp’s electrostatic sensor was specifically selected for its ability to function and operate within the extreme conditions on Titan. Given that Titan has an average surface temperature of -296 °F and a surface pressure 50% higher than Earth, this is a testament to the performance characteristics of SensComp’s electrostatic technology.
About the Dragonfly Mission
NASA sums up the Dragonfly mission as follows:
“Slated for launch in 2027 and arrival in 2034, Dragonfly will sample and examine dozens of promising sites around Saturn’s icy moon and advance our search for the building blocks of life.
During its 2.7-year (32-month) baseline mission, Dragonfly will explore Titan’s diverse environments and take advantage of its dense nitrogen-based atmosphere – four times denser than Earth’s – to fly like a drone. The mission marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet, as well as the first vehicle ever to fly its entire science payload to new places for repeatable and targeted access to surface materials.”
We invite readers to learn more about the Dragonfly mission on the NASA website HERE
Understanding the Organic Precursors to Life in Our Solar System
Part of what makes the Dragonfly mission so exciting is that it will help us understand more about how life developed on Earth. Titan is unique in that it is the only moon in our solar system with a dense atmosphere, which supports a hydrological cycle of methane clouds, rain, rivers, and seas that is somewhat similar to Earth.
One of the primary goals of this study will be to examine the conditions necessary for habitation in an extraterrestrial atmosphere, as well as what chemical interactions may have led to life on Earth.
SensComp’s Sensors Are Out Of This World
If SensComp’s electrostatic sensors have passed the rigorous testing criteria necessary for the NASA space mission, imagine how well they will perform in your earthly application!
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