Stood next to DSS14 at Goldstone, CA

Stood next to DSS14 at Goldstone, CA

Intro

I am a Visualization Producer and Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead for both the Opportunity and Curiosity Mars Rovers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA

Portfolio

Technical Director

Content Lead

Producer

Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead

Previous Work

Back Story

Born in Chester, England and raised first in the Wirral then further south as a kid, most of my formative years were spent in rural Gloucestershire at home or at Rendcomb College. I set out to University to study Electronic Engineering at the University of Birmingham, but rapidly discovered that it wasn’t for me. I went hunting for a course involving multimedia content at Birmingham, but came up empty and ended up moving to Demontfort University in Leicester.

After graduating, I started working for a Medical E­Learning company initially as an animator. This progressed into Multimedia Production, filming, editing, media management, DVD production and so on.  Meanwhile in 2004, I founded what became UMSF as a place to share results, ideas and techniques for processing raw images from the Mars Exploration Rovers

In 2010, ­I was offered a role as a Producer in the Visualization Technologies Applications and Development group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA

I had no idea that these amateur efforts could ever turn into a career.  When it did - colleagues convinced me to tell the story.

JPL Projects

I worked in the VTAD group for 5 years as the middle man between a group of programmers and 3D artists, and the engineers and scientists on flight projects. Much of my time went into the MSL Landing Animation and the NASA's Eyes series of projects.  I will never forget being interviewed live on NASA TV explaining what the public could do with our apps on the night Curiosity landed.

In 2015 I moved to the Ops Lab to work as a producer for a spinoff of the Microsoft Hololens project OnSight that became Destination Mars.  

In 2016 after being recommended for the post by a colleague I began training as an Engineering Camera Payload Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover.  I fully certified for the role in December 2016, Sol 1555 of the mission. The 'ECAM' role is responsible for preparing sequences for using the Navigation Cameras and Hazard Cameras onboard the rover.  As of November 2017, I have planned 63 sols of ECAM activities that commanded the acquisition of 2,835 images.

A 6 frame NavCam mosaic from Sol 1611

In 2017,  I also certified as an ECAM PUL on the Opportunity rover.  The circle is now complete - the very spacecraft that inspired my efforts in processing data from spacecraft, I now use to take the images I was processing 14 years ago.

A Front HazCam image from my first Solo ECAM shift on Opportunity, Sol 4720

A Front HazCam image from my first Solo ECAM shift on Opportunity, Sol 4720