As NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance touches down on the red planet this week, we wanted to celebrate by taking a look back at FUTEK’s collaboration on the Curiosity rover and what it means to be part of such a momentous project. As our CEO Javad Mokhbery says: “It makes me proud and extremely happy that the vision is supported and that the mission continues with much more advancement each time.
Every mission gives me the chills.” We sat down with Javad and our Director of Quality Assurance Thomas Bowles to discuss what it was like to be part of such a groundbreaking project and what FUTEK’s partnership with NASA has meant for the company’s evolution. You will learn:
- How FUTEK and NASA’s relationship started
- Why FUTEK was the only sensor provider that could fulfill NASA’s requirements
- How you make a sensor operate in an extreme cryogenic environment
- What it really means to say “Failure is not an option” '