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Former JPL Robotics Personnel
FORMER MEMBER
Richard Petras
Member of Technical Staff
(Short description>>)

Rich is interested in distributed computing and avionics for planetary rovers. He is involved in software development and testing of rover navigation for both flight and research vehicles and the development of software architectures for autonomous vehicles.

As a member of the SOOPS team, Rich is studying science operations on real and simulated rovers. He was also one of the original developers of the CLARAty robotic architecture for planetary rovers. He is also participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge as a member of Team Caltech.

Work at JPL included testing and operation of the autonomous navigation software for the twin MER rovers Spirit and Opportunity, leading the Distributed Rover Avionics Software Research and Technology Development Task which worked toward developing a software architecture for advanced distributed avionics modules and leading the development of the Rocky 8 research rover.

Past work at JPL as a member of the Long Range Science Rover (LRSR) Team involved design of the ORCAA architecture for the Rocky 7 research rover, development of algorithms for an articulated mast and low level software for motor control, vision systems and science instruments.

Before coming to JPL Rich worked on Space Shuttle and Space Station avionics for IBM Federal Systems Division (later Loral Space Information Systems) implementing redundant hardware and software.


Rich graduated from Drexel University in 1985 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
He got his M.S. in Space Sciences from the University of Houston, Clear Lake in 1994

Current Projects


Past Projects


Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

Research Tasks:
Distributed Rover Avionics Software
Rover Testbed for Technology Infusion to JPL


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