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Development of the Primary Sorption Pump for the SEIS Seismometer of the InSight Mission to Mars

Abstract : We report on the development of a passive sorption pump, capable of maintaining high-vacuum conditions in the InSight seismometer throughout the duration of any extended mission. The adsorber material is a novel zeolite-loaded aerogel (ZLA) composite, which consists of fine zeolite particles homogeneously dispersed throughout a porous silica network. The outgassing species within the SEIS evacuated container were analyzed and the outgassing rate was estimated by different methods. The results were used to optimize the ZLA composition to adsorb the outgassing constituents, dominated by water, while minimizing the SEIS bakeout constraints. The InSight ZLA composite additionally facilitated substantial CO2 adsorption capabilities for risk mitigation against external leaks in Mars atmosphere. To comply with the stringent particle requirements, the ZLA getters were packaged in sealed containers, open to the SEIS interior throug mu m-size pore filters. Results from experimental validation and verification tests of the packaged getters are presented. The pressure forecast based on these data, corroborated by rudimentary in situ pressure measurements, infer SEIS operational pressures not exceeding 10(-5) mbar throughout the mission.
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Mihail Petkov, Steven Jones, Gerald Voecks, Kenneth Hurst, Olivier Grosjean, et al.. Development of the Primary Sorption Pump for the SEIS Seismometer of the InSight Mission to Mars. Space Science Reviews, Springer Verlag, 2019, 214 (8), ⟨10.1007/s11214-018-0548-8⟩. ⟨insu-02545071⟩



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