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Wake cycle robustness of the Mars Science Laboratory Flight Software

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dc.contributor.advisor Lam, Danny en_US Whitehill, Robert 2013-09-16T17:38:22Z 2013-09-16T17:38:22Z 2011-08-11
dc.identifier.citation JPL Summer Space Grant and Summer Internship Program (SIP), Pasadena, California, August 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 11-4016
dc.description.abstract The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a spacecraft being developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the purpose of in-situ exploration on the surface of Mars. The objective of MSL is to explore and quantitatively assess a local region on the Martian surface as a habitat for microbial life, past or present. This objective will be accomplished through the assessment of the biological potential of at least one target environment, the characterization of the geology and geochemistry of the landing region, an investigation of the planetary process relevant to past habitability, and a characterization of surface radiation. For this purpose, MSL incorporates a total of ten scientific instruments for which functions are to include, among others, atmospheric and descent imaging, chemical composition analysis, and radiation measurement. The Flight Software (FSW) system is responsible for all mission phases, including launch, cruise, entry-descent-landing, and surface operation of the rover. Because of the essential nature of flight software to project success, each of the software modules is undergoing extensive testing to identify and correct errors. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2011. en_US
dc.title Wake cycle robustness of the Mars Science Laboratory Flight Software en_US
dc.type Student Report en_US

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