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Managing the Mars Science Laboratory Thermal Vacuum Test for Safety and SuccessThe Mars Science Laboratory is a NASA/JPL mission to send the next generation of rover to Mars. Originally slated for launch in 2009, development problems led to a delay in the project until the next launch opportunity in 2011. Amidst the delay process, the Launch/Cruise Solar Thermal Vacuum Test was undertaken as risk reduction for the project. With varying maturity and capabilities of the flight and ground systems, undertaking the test in a safe manner presented many challenges. This paper describes the technical and management challenges and the actions undertaken that led to the ultimate safe and successful execution of the test.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Evans, Jordan P.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
June 1, 2015
Publication Date
March 6, 2010
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
IEEEAC Paper 1633
Meeting Information
2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
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