Reliable & Accurate Gas Sensors on Mars

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smartGAS CO and CO2 sensors are reliably and accurately measuring these gases using NDIR (Non Dispersive Infra-Red).  Initial experiments show the MOXIE module is working as planned.  smartGAS is proudly a part of this pioneering project with their FLOW EVO CO and CO2 NDIR gas sensor modules.

The growing list of “firsts” for Perseverance, NASA’s newest six-wheeled robot on the Martian surface, includes converting some of the Red Planet’s thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen. A toaster-size, experimental instrument aboard Perseverance called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) accomplished the task.

While the technology demonstration is just getting started, it could pave the way for science fiction to become science fact – isolating and storing oxygen on Mars to help power rockets that could lift astronauts off the planet’s surface. Such devices also might one day provide breathable air for astronauts themselves.