NASA - JPL

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Solution

The Lander Vision System (LVS) is the sensor that provides the position fix that is used to determine where to land between hazards identified in orbital data prior to landing. Mars 2020 is using the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) system.

While the science goal of the Mars 2020 rover was to look for signs of ancient life - it was the first spacecraft to collect samples of the Martian surface, caching them in tubes that could be returned to Earth on a future mission.

What CT Software Solutions Did:

Custom Software Development

At NASA JPL, we wrote a fully modular and extensible hardware testing platform in Python as part of the team building the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for the Mars 2020 Rover's Lander Vision System. The system was used in the 2019 field tests of the system in Death Valley. Additionally, our engineers also rebuilt the Lander Vision System (LVS) Spacecraft Simulator hardware, improving on various aspects of its functionality.