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New Horizons at Jupiter

Our little New Horizons spacecraft is getting close to Jupiter as it uses the planet's gravity to slingshot it along its way to Pluto. Pointing the instruments at Jupiter not only takes advantage of the close approach to gather valuable science data but also serves as an exercise in advance of the spacecraft's fly by Pluto years hence. I'm not involved in the operational aspects of this mission, but having developed some of the control and data handling software, of course I'm watching with keen interest. If you're particularly interested and in the Baltimore/DC area, you can come to a Planetary Society-sponsored public lecture on New Horizons at Jupiter on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Kossiakoff Center.


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Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Is there a web page that details the lecture? I can't find any reference to it on the Planetary Society web page.

Way back in college I spent a summer at JHU APL and collaborated with Tom Strikwerda on star tracker architectures based around analog neural networks...I think Tom has been involved in the star tracker for New Horizons.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed, this event appears neither on the Planetary Society's event page nor on the New Horizons event page. For a public event, it doesn't seem to be well publicized.
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
So what kind of control software did you write for it?
Feb. 25th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Mainly the software that controls the 1553 data bus, an experience that piqued my interest in onboard data buses. Alas, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, which is in preliminary design and which I may eventually have a chance to write software for, apparently will not have any onboard data bus but rather a bunch of point-to-point data connections between subsystems.
Feb. 27th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
It looks like both events pages have been updated in the last few days to include information about the lecture.
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