Quantel Diodes on Mars!
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover launch
2011-11-28 MarsBack to news list
The Curiosity rover boasts 10 science instruments with which to search for evidence that Mars had environments and chemical ingredients favorable for microbial life, as well as a laser to look inside rocks and release their gasses so its spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth.
The QCW Quantel diodes used are qualified for aerospace by NASA, CNES and ESA. A year of tests was needed to guarantee the reliability of those diodes.