Design Automation Associates, Inc.
Although this is DAA's third Mars mission with NASA and Yardney, we’ll still be on the edge of our seats while Curiosity (the Mars Science Lab) makes its landing on August 5th.
DAA partnered with Yardney Technical on the battery development for three Mars Missions (1999 Polar Lander, 2004 Mars Rovers and the 2012 Mars Curiosity). These batteries have stellar track records lasting eight years longer than the 90-day mission spec. The latest rover, Curiosity, is powered by a nuclear reactor and lithium-ion batteries and has enough "toys" to keep scientists busy for a decade...if it survives the landing...
Why Seven Minutes of Terror?
Curiosity has an impossibly complex landing procedure. The labyrinth of landing systems includes heat shields, parachutes and a sky crane that will ultimately lower Curiosity to the Gale Crater. Due to the time delay caused by the distance from Earth to Mars, seven minutes will lapse before we know if Curiosity is happily running or has become an immovable Mars monument. For additional information on Curiosity’s landing watch the "7 Minutes of Terror" Video by NASA.