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Materion Nominated for NASA Group Achievement Award

NASA Group Award_CuriosityThe Mars Rover (Curiosity) project team at Materion Barr Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings’ Westford, MA facility, has been nominated for the NASA Group Achievement Award. This prestigious NASA certificate is awarded to any combination of government and/or non-government individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that has contributed substantially to NASA’s mission.
(Image Credit: NASA Mars Science Laboratory)

Curiosity is a key part of the Mars Space Lab mission launched in November 2011. Materion’s  assignment involved building a set of filters for the MASTCAM camera aboard the craft. These are  extremely high performing, low defect state-of-the-art filters used to enhance the camera’s performance capabilities. The camera was produced by Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) with whom Materion has a long-standing relationship.

The work team, all members of the Space, Science & Astronomy Div. of the Westford Operations Group, was led by Dave Harrison, Program Manager, and consisted of: John Potter, Sr. Design Engineer, Jim Gaillardetz, Sr. Technician, Paul McTeague, Engineering Technician, Kevin Downing, Product Line Manager, David Green, Applications Engineer and Evelyn Stull, Applications Engineering Manager.

With its heritage as a world leader in thin film optics, Materion has provided custom filters and arrays for many previous Mars missions. These include Mars Observer (1992), Mars Global Surveyor (1996), Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner (1996), Mars Climate Orbiter (1998), Mars Polar Lander (1999), Mars Odyssey (2001), Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity (2003) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2005).

Robert Naranjo, Vice President SBU Materion Barr Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings, commented about the nomination: “We are pleased by this honor and proud of the dedicated Materion employees that earned it. We understand that NASA selects teams that effectively manage costs and schedules and achieve a high level of customer satisfaction. This nomination reflects highly on the quality of the participants, their work and the company as a whole.”

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