Engineering Team

Chief Engineer: The Chief Engineer coordinates the actions of the Engineering Team and communicates directly with the Chief Scientist to ensure the success of the mission. The Chief Engineer will sign off on all actions after getting a go/no go from each member of the Engineering Team.  

Power Control Engineer: The Power Control Engineer monitors the power generated by the solar panels and the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) and the power consumed by the rover components and instruments. They monitor the health of the power systems, manage the power stored in the batteries and allocate power to ensure the success of the mission.

Thermal Control Engineer: The Thermal Control Engineer monitors the temperature of the rover components such as the wheels, arm, cameras, sensors and antenna, to maximise the life of the rover and the success of the mission. They can heat or cool components depending on the environmental conditions and the future need for the instrument.

Robotics Control Engineer: The Robotics Control Engineer operates the robotic components of the rover including the robotic arm, scientific instruments and cameras.

Navigation Control Engineer: The Navigation Control Engineer is responsible for controlling the movement of the rover. They plan the path to ensure the safety of the rover and minimise power consumption.

Communications Control Engineer: The Communications Control Engineer manages the connections with Earth. They choose appropriate Deep Space Network Tracking Stations and Mars satellites to maintain an uninterrupted connection as the Earth turns and Mars satellites orbit. They ensure that signal strength and bandwidth is adequate for each task and choose the high gain or low gain antenna depending on the task and the available power.

 

Science Team

Chief Scientist: The Chief Scientist coordinates the actions of the Scientific Team and communicates directly with the Chief Engineer to ensure the success of the mission. The Chief Scientist will sign off on all experiments after getting recommendations from each member of the Scientific Team.

Chemist: The Chemist uses the Mossbauer spectrometer to look for evidence of sulphates, iron bearing minerals and other indicators of water. They will also look for chemicals that form in the presence of acidic water.

Geologist: The Geologist will analyse rocks using the cameras on the rover, the Mossbauer Spectrometer, the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) and the InfraRed Spectrometer. They will plot their results and compare them to a database of known samples.

Astrobiologist: The Astrobiologist is looking for signs of life. They are looking for evidence of microfossils and testing for the presence of carbonates. They are looking for methane and ethane from wet lab chemistry tests and testing the pH of the soil to characterise the environment. They are using a fluorescence spectrograph to detect amino acids, nucleobases and amides. They will compare their results to other members of the science team and the database of known samples.

Atmospheric Scientist: The Meteorologist will collect atmospheric data from Mars and caracterise the environment. They measure the light levels, wind velocity, atmospheric pressure, temperature and radiation levels. They measure CO2 and other trace gases such as CH4, H2O, H2 and S. They investigate cloud formation and dust devils.

Space Weather Specialist: The Space Weather specialist will monitor solar activity and track coronal mass ejections (CME) which can disrupt communication with Earth. They will also monitor solar wind which disrupts Mars satellites. They will use the LIDAR to detect clouds and temperature gradients on Mars and monitor background radiation levels using the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS).