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LBI on its way to Mars!

Artist's impression of the InSight lander
The first interplanetary mission named InSight departed May 5th aboard the rocket Atlas V5. What’s the mission objective? To understand the formation and evolution of Mars and investigate its interior structure.

To do so, InSight is equipped with a seismometer SEIS and its measurements will provide a glimpse into the planet’s internal activity. SEIS carries parts in AluSic® and Exium®, manufactured by the company LBI.

Sphere opened up, showing the two hemispherical shells as well as the Very Broad Band pendulums
SEIS seismometer view
Sphere opened up, showing the two hemispherical shells as well as the Very Broad Band pendulums

AluSic® is used as an optical and electronic support and Exium® as a high frequency vibration damper. The two pieces in Exium® are 12mm for 20mm long and those in Alusic® are 55mm in diameter by 8mm thick.

These two alloys, developed by LBI for very special applications, have extraordinary properties.

See you on November 26th for the landing!

In the meantime, our sales team is at your disposal if you want to know more about this project, our special alloys or our centrifugal foundry capabilities.