Blog: TT Electronics’ sensors heading for Mars in 2020!

11 Jan 2017
Robust Hall-effect sensors used in control system for Mars Rover robotic arm
TT057 TTElectronics Hall Effect Sensors Mars Rover2


Woking, UK, 11 January 2017 - TT Electronics has today announced that its sensors will be used in the NASA mission to the planet Mars in 2020.  The robustness of the company’s Hall-effect sensors enables them to withstand the harsh environments found on Mars.

The Hall-effect sensors from TT Electronics are key components in NASA’s new Mars 2020 Rover that will be landing on the surface of the red planet in 2021.  These sensors detect magnetic fields in motors that control the speed and movement of the robotic arm of the Mars Rover.

The Mars 2020 Rover will carry an entirely new subsystem to collect and prepare Martian rocks and soil samples.  This subsystem will include a coring drill on its arm, controlled partially by TT Electronics’ Hall-effect sensors.  About 30 samples will be deposited at select locations for return to Earth on a potential future sample-retrieval mission.

TT Electronics designs and manufactures semiconductors for use in a variety of space, satellite and payload applications, in many different package options. In its Class 100,000 clean room, complete satellite harness sets and electromagnetics components are manufactured, as well as the test equipment needed for use in a clean room environment.