L3Harris Technologies has partnered with NASA to provide communications link technology for the Perseverance rover starting from its landing on Mars through the rest of the robotic vehicle's 10-year lifespan.
L3Harris said Tuesday it will provide communications systems that will operate with overhead orbiters to relay data between the rover and Earth-based ground stations at a distance of approximately 250 million miles.
The Perseverance teamâ€™s controllers will obtain imagery, data and feedback while directing instructions to the rover through L3Harrisâ€™ communication links.
Sean Stackley, president of integrated mission systems at L3Harris, said the companyâ€™s transmission technology is meant to handle the relay of high-volume Mars imagery as the Perseverance rover operates on the planet's harsh and difficult surface environment.
L3Harris has over two decades of experience collaborating with NASA for Mars exploration missions.