Systems & Integration Engineer / Software Engineer
NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California, USA
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) field center located in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County, California, United States. JPL is managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA. The Laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network. Among its current projects are the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, the Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
¾;Responsibilities: In charge of the analysis, development and implementation (embedded C) of the real-time flight software of PAUSE *(Picosat And Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Systems Engineering) project: An airborne robot (aerobot) consisting of a balloon with sensing package that includes a camera and a magnetometer, supported by altitude and attitude sensors, a solar array and battery, a command and data acquisition system, and a telemetry system.
In November of 2004, the PAUSE Mars Aerobot was successfully deployed from Tillamook, Oregon. It was deployed to an altitude of 35km, which is close to Mars' atmospheric conditions. The total flight duration was some 6 hours, with more than 4 hours at the desired altitude. All of the systems performed flawlessly and contact with the payload was unbroken. The gondola was broadcasting to a total of three ground stations: one at the launch site, one in a chase truck, and one in a chase airplane.