Geochemical Instrument Package Facility - GIPF
The GIPF consists of three payload elements:
- APXS an Alpha Particle X-ray spectrometer
- MIMOS2 a Mössbauer spectrometer
- MIROCAM a micro-camera with LED illumination and variable focus
This suite of instruments builds a complementary set of analytical methods to analyse rock and soil samples. While the APXS determines the chemical composition of the main rock forming elements, the MIMOS2 identifies the iron bearing minerals in that sample. The camera provides images of the sampled area. The LED illumination at various wavelengths provides additional information on the mineralogical composition.
Among the key objectives of this development was the further miniaturization of the instrument front end in order to fit into the payload compartment of the Nanokhod rover. The dimensions of the whole package are 145 mm × 60 mm × 50 mm. The analogue backend electronics has been replaced by digital readout. This includes digital algorithms for the data acquisition and signal shaping for the spectrometers.
The integrated instrument package has been tested at very low temperatures down to
The whole system is currently running at SCI-A laboratories for further testing and improvement on component level.
Von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH Schwetzingen, Germany
G. Klingelhöfer, Universität Mainz, Germany
H. Michaelis, DLR Berlin, Germany
R. Rieder, MPI Mainz, Germany