NASA’s Insight Mission to Mars is using Teledyne DALSA’s color CCD image sensors for both the Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) and the Instrument Context Camera. Teledyne partnered with Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) to deliver the color image sensors to power the mission. The camera on the Lander’s arm will provide 3D color views of the landing site, instrument placement, and activities to inform engineers and scientists of the best spots for the seismometer and heat flow probe to gather measurements from the interior of Mars.
Teledyne image sensors are not new to Mars. As recently as 2012, and in an earlier partnership with JPL, the company provided twelve black and white CCD image sensors to power the Mars Rover “Curiosity”. The Teledyne Imaging Space & Defense group, comprised of Teledyne DALSA, Teledyne e2v and Teledyne Imaging & Scientific, are renowned for their delivery of innovative sensing and camera solutions for the exploration of space, with capabilities across the spectrum, from infrared to x-ray imaging.
While the InSight lander began its surface operations immediately, science data collection will begin roughly 10 weeks after landing. Teledyne’s image sensors will play a major role in helping scientists and engineers decide where to place the very specialized instruments to inform the best results of the study of Mars’ interior.