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The Radar Used to Stick the Landing on Mars

Event Type
ECE Explorations
151 Everitt Lab
Oct 31, 2012   8:30 am  
Elaine Chapin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. The landing was the first using an innovative sky crane system to land the rover on its wheels directly on the Martian surface. In this talk, Elaine Chapin will discuss one aspect of the entry, descent, and landing system: the radar. She will talk about the role of the radar, its design, and some of the challenges of building a radar which absolutely has to work. An ECE alumna, Elaine Chapin (MSEE '92, PhD '96) joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1996. Her work has focused on radar interferometry, ionospheric impacts on low frequency radar, and SAR calibration. Most recently she was the integration and test lead for the radar used to land

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. Open to all; pizza will be provided after the talk!

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