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(1) Excellence Award 2021 Announcement ; (2) Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
May 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:50 am PDT
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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting
(1) AIAA LA-LV Excellence Award 2021 Announcement, by Dr. Jeff Puschell ; (2) Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: challenges, first flights and live Q&A with a member of the team, by Dr. Jeff Delaune
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AIAA LA-LV Excellence Award 2021 Announcement
Dr. Jeff Puschell
Section Chair, AIAA LA-LV Section; Fellow, AIAA
Principal Engineering Fellow
Chief Scientist, Space Systems
Raytheon Intelligence & Space
Raytheon Technologies Corporation
To be presented to:
Ms. Mimi Aung
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Project Manager
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
To be presented to:
Mr. Allen Chen
Systems engineer in the Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems and Advanced Technologies group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Space Architecture Gathering
To be presented to:
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
Faculty Member, USC / ISU
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter:
challenges, first flights and live Q&A
with a member of the team
Dr. Jeff H. Delaune
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Puschell been a space guy since first grade. His earliest memory of wonder is from a dark summer night. After arriving home with his family, his father picked him up from the back seat of their 1959 Edsel to carry him into the house, because he had been asleep. As his father picked him up, he woke up and looked up at the summer Milky Way, immediately awestruck. That moment propelled him to who he is today. His parents reinforced that wonder on his next birthday with a 2.5 inch Gilbert Newtonian reflector telescope, which he used until he made an 8 inch Newtonian reflector from an Edmund kit in junior high school. Along the way, he made and launched Estes rockets, entered and won awards in local, regional, state and national science fairs. He has been blessed with a life of endless wonder that he is always happy to share with others.
Ms. MiMi Aung is a project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, where she is leading the project to develop a Mars helicopter technology demonstration. Since joining JPL in 1990 she has performed various roles in multiple disciplines on space flight and Deep Space Network (DSN) projects, technology development, and line management. She is passionate about space exploration, especially to advance the autonomous capability of spacecraft exploring deep space.
She started in the DSN development of its first operational digital receiver system, the Block V Receiver. She developed, analyzed, and tested receiver algorithms, and continued work through implementation to operationalization at all three DSN complexes across the globe. She then led a multidisciplinary team to evaluate the applicability of the monopulse technique for precise pointing of the 34-meter-diameter antennas, leading to operational use in the DSN. She next worked on the Earth Orbiting System Microwave Limb Sounder instrument as a cognizant engineer for the 240 GHz radiometer.
In 2000 she became project element manager for the autonomous formation flying sensor on the StarLight two-spacecraft interferometer mission, where she applied her knowledge of transmit/receive systems to the determination of interspacecraft range and bearing measurement for precise formation flying of multiple spacecraft. She went on to become the project element manager for formation flying on the Terrestrial Planet Finder project.
In 2003 she took on the additional duty of technical group supervisor, a line management position, for the Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) Sensors Group, where she was involved in next-generation sensor technologies required for future spaceflight missions. Her technical interest expanded to next-generation GN&C capabilities for increasingly autonomous space exploration. In 2010 she became manager of the Guidance and Control Section, where she emphasized the development of advanced GN&C technologies and their infusion in future missions for precision entry, descent, and landing on planetary surfaces; proximity operations about small bodies; multispacecraft precision formation flying; and precision pointing of spacecraft. In 2013 she became deputy manager of the Autonomous Systems Division responsible for spacecraft GN&C, power, avionics, flight software, and robotics. Since 2015 she has been the lead for Mars Helicopter technology demonstration development.
Ms. Aung earned her BS (1988) and MS (1990) in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her MS thesis was in the area of signal processing and communications.
Mr. Allen Chen is a systems engineer in the Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems and Advanced Technologies group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Lead for the Mars 2020 project. During his ten year tour of duty on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, he was the EDL operation lead, the EDL flight dynamics lead, co-led the joint science/engineering Mars atmosphere characterization team, was a member of the Flight System Systems Engineering team, and did play-by-play commentary for landing. He also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers project, performing EDL reconstruction analysis and testing.
As a member of the EDL and Flight System (FS) teams for the Mars 2020 rover (M2020), Mr. Aaron Stehura:
–executes trade studies to characterize current capability of landing system, assess sufficiency to meet M2020 requirements
–executes trade studies to determine EDL capability improvement for selected set of enabling technologies and associated flight system impacts
–assists in planning strategic direction of M2020 EDL team
–participates in grass-roots modeling infusion trial
SSS Systems Engineer (Aug 2012 – Present)
As a member of the Surface Sampling and Science (SSS) team for JPL’s Curiosity rover, Mr. Aaron Stehura:
–plans, execute, and support Vehicle System Testbed (Curiosity’s engineering model) shifts for drill flight software V&V, operational activity development, and anomaly investigation
–certifies new versions of flight software
–leads development of Organic Check Material and High Tilt drilling First Time Activities (FTAs)
–shepherds FTAs through operational readiness process: construct detailed plan, complete associated V&V, execute additional testing, identify risks and mitigations, specify constraints, conduct reviews at team and project level
–assists in coordination of the drill team: drive anomalies to closure, ensure staffing needs are met, plan and prioritize future team activities, assign tasks …
EDL Systems Engineer (Aug 2010 – Feb 2013)
As a member of the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) team for JPL’s successful Mars Science Laboratory mission, Mr. Aaron Stehura played a major part in EDL Flight System V&V and operations. He planned, executed, and supported a variety of mission system testbed shifts, nominal and off-nominal operational readiness tests, as well as multiple test campaigns on MSL’s flight hardware. Leading the effort to streamline EDL testing and data analysis, He was responsible for the development and deployment of a GUI-based test execution tool and an automated analysis framework that increased test throughput and repeatability dramatically. He owned a majority of the flight products necessary to configure the spacecraft for EDL and performed as an Activity Lead for the week prior to landing. As part of EDL Reconstruction efforts,he has played a part in gathering lessons learned, documenting the as-flown behavior of the spacecraft during landing, and followed up on a variety of observed phenomena.
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu conducts the ASTE 527 graduate Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He also teaches the Arch599 Extreme Environment Habitation Design Seminar in the School of Architecture, where he is a graduate thesis adviser. Mr.Thangavelu’s educational background is in Architecture(Masters in Building Science, USC School of Architecture 1989) and in Engineering(Bachelors in Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India, 1980). He is also a graduate of the inaugural summer session of the International Space University held at MIT in 1988. Versions of Madhu’s masters thesis(conceived during ISU ’88 at MIT)entitled “MALEO: Modular Assembly in Low Earth Orbit. An Alternate Strategy for Lunar Base Establishment” were published in several journals worldwide. At USC, he was mentored by and worked as a research assistant and research associate under Dr.Eberhardt Rechtin, professor of Electrical, Systems and Aerospace Engineering,(while he was creating the Systems Architecting Engineering program at USC), considered the chief architect of NASA’s Deep Space Network and President Emeritus of Aerospace Corp. He is a co-author of the book “The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Colonization”, John Wiley &Sons 1999, and the second Springer/Praxis edition was published in 2007, third edition in preparation. He is a former Vice Chairman for Education, Los Angeles Section of the American Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics(AIAA). He has directed Space Exploration Projects at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. Mr. Thangavelu is also the invited author of the chapter “Living On the Moon” in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by John Wiley and Sons in October 2010, updated in 2012. He was on the team that won the coveted NASA NIAC Phase 1 and 2 awards consecutively for developing robotic building technologies on the Moon and Mars with PI Prof.Behrokh Khoshnevis. Mr. Thangavelu’s concept creation work was greatly appreciated for proposing ideas that pointed to the “leading-edge sensor concept” for return to flight of the space shuttle fleet. Mr.Thangavelu is on the faculty of the International Space University, an international organization that offers advanced interdisciplinary, intercultural and international training for promising leaders and space professionals. He is the North American coordinator for the International Moon Village Association and is a Director of the National Space Society(NSS) and also the NSS Vice President and Liaison for NSS India.
Dr. Jeff Delaune is a robotics technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He researches and develops autonomous navigation and robotic systems for planetary exploration, with a focus on flying vehicles. Jeff was part of the navigation team for NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight project. His interests include state estimation, sensor fusion, perception, computer vision and mission design. Jeff received his Ph.D. in Robotics from Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE, France) in 2013, after a M.S. in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University (United Kingdom),and a B.S./M.S. in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France).
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