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FORMER MEMBER
Robert G. Bonitz, PhD
Principal Member of Technical Staff
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Biography (more>>)
Robert G. Bonitz is currently the Principal Investigator for the Sampling Chain for Primitive Body Surface Sample Return R&TD Task and the lead engineer for the InSight Instrument Deployment System. Previously he was the Principal Investigator for the Sample Acquisition and Sample Handling and Encapsulation for Lunar and Small Body Sample Return R&TD Task. He was the PEM for the Phoenix Lander 2007 Robotic Arm. He developed the control algorithms and software for the Mars Exploration Rover and Mars Polar Lander robotic arms. He has conducted research in control algorithms for multiple-manipulator robotic systems. He has worked for a variety of industrial companies including Raytheon, TRW, Source 2 International, and GTE.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D., EE, University of California, Davis, 1996
MSEE, Santa Clara University, 1989
BSEE, University of Nebraska, 1969

Professional Experience (more>>)
Principal Investigator for several primitive body and lunar sampling R&TD tasks, 2008-present

Project Element Manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander Robotic Arm, JPL, 2003-2008

Control and software engineer, Mars Exploration Rover Robotic Arm, JPL, 2000-2003

Control and software engineer, Mars Polar Lander Robotic Arm, JPL, 1996-2000

Selected Publications (more>>)

R. Bonitz, L. Shiraishi, M. Robinson, J. Carsten, R. Volpe, A. Trebi-Ollennu, R. Arvidson, P. Chu, J. Wilson, K. Davis, "The Phoenix Mars Lander Robotic Arm," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference (CDROM), 2.0104, March 7, 2009.

E. Baumgartner, R. Bonitz, J. Melko, L. Shiraishi and P. Leger, "The Mars Exploration Rover Instrument Positioning System," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference (CDROM), March 2005.

R. Bonitz, J. Slostad, B. Bon, D. Braun, R. Brill, C. Buck, R. Fleischner, A. Haldeman, J. Herman, M. Hetzel, D. Noon, G. Pixler, P. Schenker, T. Ton, C. Tucker, W. Zimmerman, D. Paige, "Mars Volatiles and Climate Surveyor Robotic Arm," Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 106 , No. E8, August 2001, pp. 623-640.

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