ANT Center Student’s Internship Plays Role in Upcoming NASA Launch
Posted: 11/23/2011 by AFIT Public Affairs
Sometime around Thanksgiving, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory is expected to launch. The Mars Rover Curiosity will arrive on Mars in August 2012. When it lands, pilots from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will depend on Curiosity’s cameras to determine what navigation commands to issue. AFIT student, Mr. Frederick Webber, assisted with validating the depth perception of these cameras.
Mr. Webber spent 10 weeks this past summer interning for JPL Robotics’ Mobility Group, where he validated sensing capabilities of the Mars Science Laboratory. Of the 6,091 applicants across all NASA intern programs, only 1,120 were selected. Of those selected, five worked with the Mars Science Lab. Mr. Webber’s mentor was Matthew Heverly, a Senior Member of the Technical Staff for JPL’s Robotic Division.
Mr. Webber is a PhD student in the Advanced Navigation Technology Center, where he is researching the learning of stochastic models for multi-vehicle autonomous control. Mr. Webber received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2007 and an MS in Electrical Engineering from AFIT in 2009.
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