AUSTIN, TX- Wenzel Associates assisted the Mars Terminal Descent Sensor team in landed Perseverance safely on Mars on February 18, 2021. Wenzel supplied a 11.25 GHz frequency synthesizer was mounted on the landing craft and is part of the radar based altimeter. The power system, antennas and Wenzel synthesizer, in conjunction with many other teams, allowed the landing craft to hover above the Mars surface, as Perseverance was gently guided to the surfaces.
“Wenzel Associates is proud to be part of the Mars Terminal Descent Sensor team who landed Perseverance safely on Mars on February 18, 2021…”- Liz Ronchetti, Wenzel Associates
“The Mars Perseverance rover mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars Perseverance mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. The Mars Perseverance rover introduces a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils and set them aside in a “cache” on the surface of Mars.”- NASA. “Mars Perseverance Mission Overview.” NASA, 13 Jan. 2021, www.nasa.gov/perseverance/overview.