CILAS soon back on Mars 07-31-2020 |  2 minutes

  • 30-07 take-off date from Cape Canaveral
  • 13:50 take-off time
  • Feb 21 Mars landing
  • On the occasion of the NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, the Perseverance rover, carrying components made by CILAS in its Aubagne facility, has been send to the Red Planet on July 30.
  • CILAS has produced a dichroic filter and the treatment of two mirrors for the SuperCam equipment.


As part of the Mars 2020 mission, developed by NASA, CILAS produced a dichroic filter and the treatment of two SuperCam mirrors.

SuperCam is the main instrument of the Perseverance rover that took off for Mars on July 30, 2020 from Cape Canaveral at 13:50 (Paris time). With SuperCam, Perseverance will be able to study possible traces of past life forms.

In its Aubagne facility, CILAS is an expert in optical surface treatments on the most complex components and also for large industrial, space and astronomical optics.
By using dense coating technologies such as Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IAD) or sputtering (PACA2M), CILAS can offer optical coatings capable of withstanding the harshest environments.

For many years, CILAS has been involved in ambitious space missions and satellite programs such as MicroCarb with Airbus Defence and Space and CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France) for greenhouse gas mapping. Other projects include Sentinel 2 with the European Space Agency and TROPOMI and Sentinel 5 with the Dutch Space Agency.

CILAS had already produced the components for ChemCam, SuperCam’s little sister. ChemCam was embarked in the Curiosity rover and took off for Mars in 2012.
This will therefore be the second time that CILAS components will visit the Red Planet!