Morrow Project Scientific Sensor Kit
HAAM Suit Scientific Payload (HSSK)
total mass 68kg
This is based on the sensors for a MARS probe that was built by Morrow Industries on behalf of NASA. The unit vaguely resembles a large, metallic, load-bearing vest with an integral backpack. The ‘backpack’ contains an extensible (hydraulically powered), telescopic mast, on which are mounted stereoscopic cameras. This mast can retract into it’s armored housing, or extend as far as 2 metres – raising the cameras to a potential height of 4 metres
The HSSP is interfaced with the HAAM suit’s power supply and communications system. Like the suit it can be remote-controlled.. It is not self-powered – but can operate with any Morrow Project power supply and is sometimes issued to Recon Vehicles.
MastCam: This system provides multiple spectra and true color imaging with two-camera stereoscopic (three-dimensional) multi-spectrum capabilities.
– True-color (still) pictures are taken at a resolution of up to 1200×1200 pixels and
– Hardware-compressed, high-definition video resolution is up to 10 frames per second .
– Both cameras have mechanical zoom and can image objects as far away as one km at a resolution of 10 cm per pixel.
– Both cameras have multi-spectrum (low-light, IR and UV) capabilities.
Micrsoscopic Adjustable Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI): This system consists of a camera that is used to acquire microscopic images of rock and soil. It is connected to the main payload by a 2-metre cable.
– The MAHLI will take true color images at 1600×1200 pixels with a resolution as high as 12.5 micrometers per pixel. It has integral white and UV LED illumination for imaging in darkness or imaging fluorescence.
– MAHLI also has mechanical focusing in a range from infinite to mm distances.
ChemCam : resembles a laser pistol and (like the MAHLI) is linked to the main system by a combined data/power cable. Note: this is not powerful enough to be used as a weapon or welding tool.
– The ChemCam can target a rock from up to 13 meters away, and vaporize a small amount of the underlying mineral
– It can then collect a spectrum of the light emitted by the vaporized rock by using a micro-imaging camera with a field of view of 80 microradians
– This allows a skilled user to analyze the elemental composition of the rock.
CheMin: Chemin stands for “Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument”. Chemin is a X-ray diffraction/X-ray fluorescence instrument that will quantify minerals and mineral structure of samples.
Alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS)
This device will
– Irradiate samples with alpha particles and map the spectra of X-rays that are re-emitted.
– Skilled users will therefore be able to determine the elemental composition of these samples
Sample Analysis Suite (SAS)
Consists of a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer and laser spectrometer, it will enable skilled users to analyze organics and gases from both atmospheric and solid samples.
Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD)
This instrument will characterize the broad spectrum of radiation found, for the purposes of determining viability and shielding needs.
Local Environmental Monitoring Sensors (LEMS)
This is a Meteorological package and an ultraviolet sensor. It is mounted on the camera mast and measures atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind currents/direction, and ultraviolet radiation levels.