The Rawlplug factory in Łańcut got the opportunity to test their products on Mars. Screws manufactured by this company were used in the construction of the rover with which NASA is exploring the environment of the red planet.
Through the Mars Science Laboratory, from August 6 2012, there are examinations taking place of the former and current environment of the planet. So far, NASA has sent several of their vehicles. None of them, however, was built with Polish elements.
The last rover sent to Mars is the largest and most technologically advanced equipment. And its elements were put together with Rawlplug DIN 7984 screws, which are produced in Łańcut factory.
The Curiosity rover has to face extreme conditions, so none of its elements was chosen at random. All parts meet the highest requirements in terms of resistance to external factors. One of the priorities in the development of this project was weight reduction, which is a difficult task, if we consider that the study of the Martian surface is carried out at temperatures from -127 to +40 degrees Celsius, requiring robust construction and durability.
Curiosity’s mission in the Martian crater Gale 563,000,000 km from Earth, was initially planned for 687 days. However, thanks to the extremely robust design and excellent internal components of the product, this period is now close to 1,000 days.
The fact that Rawlplug’s standard products have passed the selection of NASA engineers and they work smoothly in Martian conditions is the best proof of their quality.