Since January of this year, Major Jorge Vásquez A., Polytechnic Military Engineer for Weapons Systems of the Chilean Army, has been working on the “MoonRanger” project, which will be launched by Space X, a company of Elon Musk, in November 2022 as part of a mission to the moon water is an essential element in achieving man’s presence on the moon. With this in mind, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, is working, at the request of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), to develop a micro-rover or space exploration vehicle that will perform the task of using a hydrogen sensor to search for the presence of ice, which is buried in useful quantities in the soil of the lunar south pole.
Major Vásquez, a grant from the National Research and Development Agency of Chile, is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University who was selected to head the Systems Engineering team for the MoonRanger project after attending the Space Robotics course.
The official states that it is his job to integrate NASA’s requirements and the design that we are doing at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Therefore, I also have to create the implementation of the software, the mechanical equipment, the avionics and the simulation, taking into account thermal and spatial restrictions, among other things, and thus offer traceability to the system. He also adds that I play an important role in the project as the head of the systems team and that I am directly under the lead researcher, Professor Red Whittaker. Therefore, I have to develop from the architecture of the system, define requirements and perform functional analyzes of the system. System interfaces, analyze system tests and thus reduce the risk of failure.
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