Exploration and Engineering

Exploration and Engineering

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Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has become synonymous with the United Statesa€™ planetary exploration during the past half century, its most recent focus has been on Mars. Beginning in the 1990s and continuing through the Mars Phoenix mission of 2007, JPL led the way in engineering an impressive, rapidly evolving succession of Mars orbiters and landers, including roving robotic vehicles whose successful deployment onto the Martian surface posed some of the most complicated technical problems in space flight history. In Exploration and Engineering, Erik M. Conway reveals how JPL engineersa€™ creative technological feats led to major Mars exploration breakthroughs. He takes readers into the heart of the laba€™s problem-solving approach and management structure, where talented scientists grappled with technical challenges while also coping, not always successfully, with funding shortfalls, unrealistic schedules, and managerial turmoil. Conway, JPLa€™s historian, offers an insidera€™s perspective into the changing goals of Mars exploration, the ways in which sophisticated computer simulations drove the design process, and the remarkable evolution of landing technologies over a thirty-year period.Goldin, Daniel (continued) Planetary Society and, 123; policies of, 67; rovers and, 207, 209; White House and, 115. ... 240, 242, 243, 280, 283 Halleya#39;s comet, 3 Handshake Agreement, 24, 25 Haynes, Norm, 84a€“85, 118a€“19 heat shields, 59a€“ 60, 93, 288 Hecht, ... 212, 219a€“20, 252; MESUR and, 46; MRO and, 253; sample return project and, 41; SLIM and, 45 Hubble Space Telescope, 40 Hughes, 14a€“ 15anbsp;...

Title:Exploration and Engineering
Author: Erik M. Conway
Publisher:JHU Press - 2015-01-30

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