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Joseph Melko


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

3472 - Robotic Systems Staff

Joseph Melko

Member of Technical Staff


M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles. 1996
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles. 1992

Professional Experience

JPL, Mars Science Lab (Nov to Present)
Sample Acquisition & Handling systems engineer

JPL, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) (May 00 to Nov 04)
Mechanisms Team Lead: Extended Operations
Actuator Systems Engineer (Aug 03 to present)
Co-Mech Lead, Surface System Testbed (March 03 to Aug 03)
Rover Mechanical Systems Engineer (May 00 to present)
Rover Mechanical Payload Technical Lead (May 00 to present):
Rover Deck Mechanisms Technical Lead (After May 01):
Rover Stow, Deployment, Lift & Egress Lead (Until May 01)
Rover Lift Mechanism Cog-E (Until March 01)

Hughes Spaces & Communications, Sensors & Mechanisms (1995-1999)


  1. K. Hand, C. Phillips, A. Murray, et al., "Science Goals and Mission Architecture of the Europa Lander Mission Concept," The Planetary Science Journal, vol. 3, iss. 1, 26 January 2022.
  1. 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), 01 March 2005.