Robotic Exploration of Mars – Highlights and Future Directions
NASA and other international space agencies have been exploring Mars since the late 1960s – what are some of the most exciting science, engineering, and management things we’ve learned? What are the most controversial? What lies in store in the near and more distant future exploration of Mars?
Daniel Limonadi is a principle flight systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Since 2014 he has been the lead Payload System Engineer on the Surface Water and Topography (SWOT) mission and also moonlights as a sea level rise science system engineer. Previously he was the “Phaselead” (also known as systems engineering team lead) for the Surface Sampling and Science aspects of the Curiosity rover. Prior to the Curiosity rover project Daniel worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers during development and operations, did a very short stint as surface systems engineer for the original Mars Smart Lander concept that eventually turned into Curiosity, and also worked at Hughes Space and Communications on Geosynchronous communications satellites.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Jim Benet from OCA