Mars Rover Launch Saturday.

eddieb

Vice Admiral
Get ready for the Saturday launch of our Mars rover. The launch coverage will be streamed live on Ustream at 6:30 am pacific time http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl . I worked on the flight software for our rover for about the last 5 years, so it's a real exciting event to get to launch day. Wish us luck.


In the mean time, here's a video with some cool footage of the spaceship getting put together
 

Nomad Terror

Rear Admiral
I knew you were a programmer at NASA, but it's neat to hear that you worked on MSL. Can you talk about how involved you were in the software?
 

eddieb

Vice Admiral
As a member of the flight software team, I wrote a good chunk of the fault protection software, which kicks in if there's a problem and the rover has to fix itself. I'm also involved with various higher level behaviors, such as telling the spacecraft to turn, and getting the spacecraft setup as its computer boots up.
 

Dundradal

Frog Blast the Vent Core!
Great job eddie!

Best of luck to you guys!

Make sure to find the good base sites for future Confederation stations :p
 

eddieb

Vice Admiral
Here is the correct launch time, but it would be better to start watching a little bit earlier.

11-26-11, 10:02 a.m. EST
(7:02 a.m. PST)
 
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