The research group in charge of Martian dust and gas detection instrument joins SENSIA’s GaSeS project. Infrared Lab of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (LIR-UC3M) is responsible of Dust Sensor instrument, foreseen to be on board of the ExoMars 2020 surface platform.
The partnership signifies leading-edge space technology transfer to Optical Gas Imaging systems for industrial application.
Space-use technology is subject to strong restrictions of mass, volume and energy consumption, in addition to extreme environmental operating requirements. SENSIA and LIR-UC3M will team to transfer the knowledge behind Dust Sensor’s infrared microsensors to gas leak detection infrared imaging systems. Goal: to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from industrial processes.
SENSIA will market an advance, affordable, simple and effective Optical Gas Imaging for leak detection that will become a standard tool for technicians and engineers in the field.
Investment in R&D programs at the frontier of scientific knowledge (as ExoMars’20 space project), results on technological innovations in earthly systems. Dust Sensor technology application to SENSIA’s infrared imaging systems is a paradigmatic example of this technological transfer.
Photo: ESA. Image features a half-scale rover on a mock-up surface platform.