For more than 25 years, Qorvo has been working with a wide range of partners to enable planetary exploration. As a result of this they have “launched” more than one million components into space.
A few of their notable projects are listed below:
Mars Rover: When it comes to Mars Rovers, Qorvo technology's role dates back to 2012 when Curiosity landed on Mars. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) officials also confirmed that in 2020, Qorvo products were integrated into the Mars Perseverance's critical descent stage landing radar – a component of the sky crane that lowered the rover to the surface.
New Horizon: On January 19, 2006, NASA launched New Horizons toward Pluto via a Jupiter gravity assist that's taken the spacecraft nearly three-billion miles away – beyond Pluto to explore the Kuiper Belt's icy, orbiting objects. Qorvo technology enables images from New Horizons to be sent back to Earth.
NASA Rovers: NASA rovers, the Spirit and Opportunity, were equipped with Qorvo GaAs amplifiers. The rovers arrived in 2004 and through a combination of superior design and interplanetary ingenuity, the Spirit continued to operate and communicate with Earth until 2010. Its sister probe, Opportunity, which operated well into 2018, sent data to scientists across the globe.
Cassini-Huygens spacecraft: Qorvo products played a role in the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which was launched toward Saturn in 1997. The Cassini-Huygens probe included crucial equipment designed to communicate with the spacecraft throughout its mission to the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan. Qorvo's gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology was at the heart of the connection that sent the findings back to Earth.
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