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Flex Circuits Visible in Curiosity Rover Photos
Thursday, April 04, 2013 | Tom Woznicki, Flex Circuit Design Company

I’d like to offer big kudos to the folks at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the continued success of their Mars rover programs. Curiosity has been performing flawlessly since landing in Gale Crater back in August 2012.

 

Figure 1. Curiosity rover self-portrait. (Images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.)

As I mentioned in a June 2008 Flex007 article, I had a very small part in creating the flex circuits for Curiosity – creating trace layouts for about a dozen flex circuits and checking Gerber files for most of the flex circuits in the rover. It was great fun to be part of such an ambitious program, but I never got a chance to see the actual flex circuits. What a pleasant surprise to find that the pictures that Curiosity is sending back are so good you can see the flex circuits!

 

Figure 2. Top image showing flex circuit assemblies on the rover’s mast. Image was created by combining eight different digital pictures.


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