Mars Curiosity optomechanical devices

http://marsmobile.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/instruments/

There are many optomechanical sensors and instruments aboard the Curiosity rover.  All of these devices had to be designed for the acceleration and vibration of launch as well as the vibration of entry into the Mars atmosphere and then the shock experienced at touchdown.   The design then must be implemented to additionally perform under the extremely cold temperatures at the Martian surface.  An additional design requirement is to make everything as light weight as possible.  All of these factors make for a very challenging product design.  The designers of the rover itself often are praised, which is a well deserved accolade.  Often unheard of and behind the scenes are the designers, program managers and engineers developing the sub-components and instruments of the rover.  Optomechanical devices are the main ingredient to an impressive suite of sensors and instruments aboard the rover.

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