FREE READ Exploration and Engineering
Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California has become synonymous with the United States' 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.
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Vehicles whose successful deployment onto the Martian surface posed some of the most complicated technical problems in space flight historyIn Exploration and Engineering Erik M Conway reveals how JPL engineers' creative technological feats led to major breakthroughs in Mars exploration He takes readers into the heart of the lab's problem solving approach and management structure where talented scienti.
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Sts grappled with technical challenges while also coping not always successfully with funding shortfalls unrealistic schedules and managerial turmoilConway JPL's historian offers an insider'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.