The ELEMISSION team is particularly excited as the Perseverance rover approaches the landing stage on Mars. The Curiosity rover, which landed in 2012, made LIBS technology known through the solar system with the ChemCam (“ Chemical Camera ”). NASA's JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) re-embarked LIBS technology on the Perseverance rover with the new SuperCam. SuperCam combines the multi-element analysis strength of LIBS technology with the molecular selectivity of Raman and photometry. Since the Perseverance mission will focus on the search for past (or actual) life-form on Mars, the SuperCam will be a key sensor for the standoff detection of relevant targets. The sensor will help to answer the question of the presence of life on Mars by the combination of multi-element signatures and molecular signatures.
ELEMISSION has been commercializing LIBS technology since 2014 and stands out from competitors by increasing the representativeness of analyses due to the large sampling capacity of its LIBS instruments. In fact, ELEMISSION is the LIBS manufacturer with the fastest analysis speed on the market, with its 1000 measurements per second, ELEMISSION is 10 to 100 times faster than other instruments on the market. In 2016, ELEMISSION launched the first LIBS hyperspectral imager, MISSION: CORIOSITY (merging of Core and Curiosity keywords) and won in 2017 the innovation of the year at the very prestigious conference on scientific instrumentation Pittcon. Since the company creation in 2014, we are driven by our vision to become leaders in the manufacturing of highly precise and accurate multi-elemental analyzers using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).
A laser imager on Mars: the Perseverance rover lands today! Follow the NASA robot equipped with the SuperCam LIBS analyzer here.