Phoenix Deployable Dust Cover

Phoenix Deployable Dust Cover

Honeybee Robotics developed the Deployable Dust Cover for integration with the University of Arizona’s Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA), a combination high-temperature furnace and mass spectrometer onboard the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander Mission.

The cover used a magnetic seal to protect the TEGA instrument from contamination by airborne dust before it was ready to accept samples. We were careful to avoid using any materials in the system that could possibly compromise the instruments’ results, for example eliminating particulates that could find their way into the TEGA oven chambers.

The Deployable Dust Cover was one of two systems Honeybee contributed to the Phoenix Mars Lander Misison, alongside the Icy Soil Acquisition Device (aka the “Phoenix Scoop”).

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