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Instrument Deployment Arm (IDA)

NSSDCA ID: 2018-042A-08

Mission Name: InSight
Principal Investigator:Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu


The Instrument Deployment Arm (IDA) on the InSight lander is a 1.8 m robotic arm that deploys the SEIS and HP3 instruments and the wind and thermal shield to the surface of Mars. It is a 4-degree of freedom motorized manipulator, constructed from carbon-fiber composite tubes. Originally intended for the canceled Mars 2001 Surveyor mission, the IDA features a scoop, a grappling claw, and the Instrument Deployment Camera.

Alternate Names

  • IDA
  • Insight/InstrumentDeploymentArm(IDA)
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:ida.insight


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Ashitey Trebi-OllenuPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Jet Propulsion
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