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Space Mechanisms Accelerated Test Chamber
  • Provides for testing spacecraft mechanism in vacuum or simulated atmosphere
  • Used to calibrate hardware for Mars Pathfinder Abrasive Wheel Experiment
  • Size: 60 cm (24") outside dia x 60 cm long
  • Mechanisms driven internally or via ferrofludic feedthrough
  • Vacuum level to 10-7 torr
  • Low temperatures via liquid nitrogen cooling
  • Mass spectroscopy of outgassing products
Mars Pathfinder abrasive wheel experiment inside the test chamber
Above: Mars Pathfinder abrasive wheel experiment inside the test chamber.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2009