Sierra Lobo Contributes to the Mars 2020 MOXIE Instrument

Sierra Lobo congratulates NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the successful demonstration of the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument on the surface of Mars.  MOXIE converted some the Mars atmosphere into oxygen — this is a key element in the pursuit of future missions involving human astronauts and their return vehicles.

We are proud of our association and contributions to JPL on this mission.  Our Pasadena engineers Jade Cavazos and Megan Gibson performed the mechanical design of the sensor panel on MOXIE, and performed structural analysis of the sensor panel components and assembly to ensure they will work under the loads expected during the mission.  Our colleagues in Milan, Ohio also contributed to the thermal analysis of the panel.  Sierra Lobo procured and delivered the flight parts to JPL for assembly and integration to the instrument.

America’s perseverance in ingenuity, technology, science, and engineering leads the world to embark upon broader explorations, including efforts for long-term expeditions to Mars. As we continue to build on present and past successes, this is another historic milestone for JPL in American history.

Photo Above: Technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory lower the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument into the belly of the Perseverance rover.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech