First images from Mars rover captured with Teledyne Dalsa sensors

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Teledyne Dalsa has provided image sensors for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, which successfully landed in Gale Crater on Mars last week. Curiosity is the largest rover ever launched by NASA, and it will be used to determine whether Mars is, or ever has been, hospitable to microbial life.

The image sensors for the Curiosity's Navcams and Hazcams were built in the company’s Bromont, Quebec, semiconductor foundry. The hazard avoidance cameras are installed on each corner of the rover and the 3D stereoscopic navigation cameras are part of the rover's camera mast.

‘It gives me great pride to be able to contribute to a project that poses such technical challenges and holds such promise for the advancement of science and knowledge,’ commented Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Teledyne.

For further information about the image sensors used onboard Curiosity, see the article ‘Space race’ featured in Imaging and Machine Vision Europe’s April/May 2012 issue.