Hi-Shear Pyrotechnic Devices Contribute to the Successful Landing of Curiosity on the Red Planet

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Hi-Shear Technology pyrotechnic devices contributed to the successful Mars landing of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) “Curiosity” rover on August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm (PDT).

Hi-Shear Technology Corporation (Hi-Shear), a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), announced that it was a contributor to the successful landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover on Mars, August 5, 2012. Hi-Shear supplied over 200 high reliability separation nuts, cable cutters, pin-pullers and NASA Standard Initiators (NSIs) to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the mission, including ground test and flight units.

Dave Shingledecker, President of Hi-Shear stated, “We have a proud heritage of over 50 years of 100% mission success in support of U.S. space endeavors. Hi-Shear is honored to have supported NASA for this distinguished achievement and outstanding performance in space exploration.”

This was not Hi-Shear’s first opportunity to be part of such an historic event. Hi-Shear previously provided pyrotechnic devices facilitating the landing of two other smaller Mars Rovers; “Spirit” and “Opportunity.” NASA Standard Initiators, NASA Standard Detonators (NSDs) and other pyrotechnic hardware fundamental to the lift-off of many launch vehicles and deployment of satellites are part of Hi-Shear’s core business.

Chemring is a market leading manufacturing business supplying high technology electronics and energetic products to over 80 countries around the world. Chemring has a diverse portfolio of products that predominantly protect military people and platforms, providing insurance against a constantly changing threat. These range from countermeasures to protect aircraft, to ground penetrating radar to protect troops and vehicles from improvised explosive devices. Hi-Shear Technology Corporation is a leader in pyrotechnic, mechanical, and electronic products serving the aerospace and defense marketplace.

For more information about this press release or the Company please contact Mr. Ross Mohr at (310) 784-2100 or visit the Company website at http://www.hstc.com.

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