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Justin Schachter


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

Justin Schachter

Robotics Electrical Engineer


  • M.Eng - 2021 - University of Michigan - Space Systems Engineering / Robotics
  • B.S.E. - 2020 - University of Michigan - Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

  • Flight Project Robotics and Operations
  • Climate Change Instrumentation / Robotics
  • Research Robotics
  • Electronics Design
  • Electronics Integration & Test
  • Telecommunication / Sensing Systems
  • Systems Design and Engineering
  • System Testbed Engineering / Operations
  • Systems Integration & Test


09/01/2023 - Team Award - CADRE Telecom Team - The CADRE Lunar Rover Telecom team successfully completed the entire Phase B-C telecom subsystem development on an accelerated 14-month schedule with a limited 1.3M dollar budget. This multi-rover mission has 4 RF components, inter-rover telecom, return link telecom, inter-rover ranging, and rover ground penetrating radar. The team was also challenged with late requirement additions to include ethernet networking capability and incorporating an ultra-wideband chip for the inter-rover ranging. Spectrum compatibility concerns as well as inter-rover propagation and multipath were some of the technical challenges that the team has solved with innovative analyses and extensive field test campaigns, leading to the first flight subsystem to deliver to the CADRE project.

06/07/2023 - Voyager Award - Mars 2020 (Perseverance) - For your outstanding leadership of Go and Hover Phase 0, which will enable advanced onboard autonomy for the Robotic Arm and its instruments

06/07/2023 - Team Award - Mars 2020 (Perseverance) - For your significant contribution to the test program and delivery of Go and Hover Phase 0 capabilities to flight, which will enable advanced onboard autonomy for the Robotic Arm and its instruments

04/04/2023 - NASA Honor Award (2021) - Mars 2020 Sampling and Caching Subsystem Team - For exceptional performance in the design, build, and test of the Mars 2020 Sampling and Caching Subsystem.

08/25/2022 - Team Award - IceNode Vehicle Team - For completing 3 rounds of field testing, significantly raising the TRL of IceNode, and enabling its inclusion in upcoming proposals

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects
Robot Operations
Sampling and Caching Subsystem (SCS)
CADRE Mission Overview
Research Tasks


  1. K. Kaplan, K. Davis, D. Klein, J. Schachter, and B. Wolsieffer, "A Modular Framework for Integrating and Visualizing Telemetry for Mars 2020 Rover Mechanism Operations," 2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 05 March 2022.
  1. Evan Bock Clark, Andrew Branch, Rebecca Castano, Ian Fenty, Christine Gebara, Ara Kourchians, Daniel Limonadi, Gauri Madhok, Patrick McGarey, Flora Mechentel, Kelly Nguyen, Tyler Okamoto, Eric Rignot, Federico Rossi, Brendan Santos, Justin Schachter, Michael Schodlok, Dane Schoelen, Timothy Stanton, Joshua Vander Hook, Ben Wolsieffer, Xavier Zapien, "IceNode: a Buoyant Vehicle for Acquiring Well-Distributed Long-Duration Melt Rate Measurements under Ice Shelves," OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, pp. 1-10, 20 September 2021.