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Summer 2017 Announcements of Opportunity

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Project:  Communications during Entry, Descent, and Landing for Mars 2020
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Engineering
Mentor:  Melissa Soriano, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-7632
Background:  The EDL Data Analysis systems are used to receive communications during critical events such as Entry, Descent, and Landing. We are working on a new system for Mars 2020.
Description:  We are starting work on the EDL Data Analysis system for Mars 2020. The current system is a 12-core server that runs multiple threads and processes to track signals with high dynamics and low signal strength. We have the existing system that we used for MSL and Juno but we will need to port the software to new hardware for Mars 2020 and Europa. We will perform an analysis of current commercial hardware to determine what we want for the new Mars 2020 system. The student will start developing some new capabilities on our existing development computer.
Student Requirements:  computer engineering, Python programming, Linux operating system, system administration, GUI development
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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