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Heavy-weight | LiM laser additive manufacturing products successfully landed on Mars

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Time:2021-05-15

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On May 15, the landing rover of my country's Mars exploration mission "Tianwen No. 1" probe successfully landed in the pre-selected landing area in the southern part of the Martian Utopia Plain. The Chinese spacecraft went to Mars for the first time and appeared smoothly "unscathed". On the distant red planet, it completed a feat in the history of human spaceflight.

At 1 o'clock in the morning, the "Tianwen No. 1" probe was de-orbited in its mooring orbit and maneuvered to Mars into orbit. At about 4 o'clock, the landing rover separated from the orbiter. After about 3 hours of flight, it entered the Martian atmosphere. After about 9 minutes of deceleration, hovering, obstacle avoidance and buffering, it successfully soft landed in the pre-selected landing area. After about 30 minutes of separation, the orbiter was lifted and returned to the berthing orbit to provide relay communication for the landing patrol. Subsequently, the "Zhu Rong" rover will carry out global imaging, self-inspection, departure from the landing platform and patrol detection in turn.

The "Tianwen 1" probe was developed by the Fifth Academy of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. During the development of "Tianwen No.1", TSC, as a provider of additive manufacturing solutions, manufactured more than 30 delivered products using laser selective melting forming equipment developed by subsidiary LiM Laser, and manufactured 9 delivered products using laser deposition technology (LDM). The successful landing of the Mars probe marks an important pioneering step in the application of additive manufacturing technology in the field of deep space exploration.

 

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