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Thermal Control Coating Applied to InSight Mars Lander

Surface Optics Corporation (SOC) has been contracted to supply a thermal control coating to NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, scheduled for launch in May 2018. The InSight mission objective is to place a stationary lander equipped with a seismometer and heat transfer probe on the surface of Mars to study its early geological evolution.

The SOC Coatings Lab will apply a thermal control coating to the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) seismometer, the primary scientific instrument to be carried by the InSight lander.

“We are using a physical vapor deposition process to coat gold onto the surface of the SEIS components in our 3 meter chamber,” said Maria Zimmerman, Project Manager at SOC. “The large chamber allows us to use a line of sight evaporation deposition process to create a multilayer uniform coating across the three dimensional structure.”

Surface Optics Corporation has a long history of contributing to NASA missions, most notably having supplied coatings to space flight hardware aboard Kepler, NuStar, and Chandra.

  • On October 19, 2016
Tags: coatings, insight, NASA, thermal control coatings