Astronika completes key HP3 elements for NASA's Mars mission

In February and March 2015 Astronika finished two major milestones for the HP3 project – an experiment developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for NASA’s InSight mission. The flight (HM-4) and test (HM-3) models of the hammering mechanism were delivered by our engineers to DLR's Bremen site. The hammering mechanism developed by Astronika will serve as the main drive for the HPpenetrator. The team is now keeping their fingers crossed for a successful integration of the delivered elements with the whole system, and preparing to assemble the final flight spare model in the upcoming months.

Presented on the left is the majority of the project team shortly before shipping the HM-3 model, left to right: Marta Tokarz, Bartosz Kędziora, Marcin Dobrowolski, Rafał Przybyła, Jerzy Grygorczuk, Łukasz Wiśniewski, Wojciech Konior, William Raff (JPL/NASA inspection), and Maciej Borys. [click to enlarge]

 

Pictured below: the final touches on the HM-3 model; left to right: Wojciech Konior, Łukasz Wiśniewski, and Tomasz Kuciński.  

 

final touches on the HM-3 model