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Philip Bailey


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347R - Robot Ops and V&V

Philip Bailey

Member of Technical Staff


Phil grew up bilingual in a Finnish-American household outside Boston Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory in 2015. After coming to JPL he originally worked as a robotics engineer on autonomous motion planning software for unmanned surface vehicles.
On InSight, Phil worked on the Instrument Deployment Team, which was responsible for the instrument deployment arm and both cameras. Before launch, he contributed to the testbed V&V and ATLO campaigns. After launch he worked on the operations team as a robotic arm operator and was responsible for the localization of the deployed payloads.
After InSight Phil worked on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover with the Flight Systems team supporting the Robotic Arm After landing, he was responsible for the initial Robotic Arm checkout activities, and supported the Robotic Arm Downlink team.


M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (Dec 14), Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (May 14), Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: 2017-Present, Robotics Systems Engineer, Robotic Operations.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory: 2015-2017, Robotics Electrical Engineer, Maritime and Aerial Perception systems.
SpaceX: 2014-2014, Avionics Intern, Flight Termination systems.

Research Interests

Computer Vision, Manipulation, and Motion Planning.


  1. V. Verma, F. Hartman, A. Rankin, M. Maimone, T. Del Sesto, O. Toupet, E. Graser, S. Myint, K. Davis, D. Klein, J. Koch, S. Brooks, P. Bailey , H. Justice, M. Dolci, H. Ono, "First 210 solar days of Mars Perseverance Robotic Operations - Mobility, Robotics Arm, Sampling, and Helicopter," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 05 March 2022.
  1. Sorice, C., Ali, K., Trebi-Ollennu, A., Mishra, P., Lim, G., Bailey, P., Hudson, T. L., Marteau, E., Kim, J., "InSight Robotic Arm Testing Activities for HP3 Mole Anomaly Recovery on Mars," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 06 March 2021.
  1. Travis Imken, Khaled Ali, Philip Bailey, Pranay Mishra, James Penrod, Cristina Sorice, Marleen Sundgaard, Maggie Williams, "Preparation and Execution of the InSight Instrument Deployment Phase," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 7-14, 2020, 01 March 2020.