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Steve Peters


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 264-422
Pasadena, CA 91109





Steve Peters

Member of Technical Staff


Stephen F. Peters earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has developed Space Shuttle flight software and JPL ground software used by the Viking, IRAS, Galileo, Deep Space One, MER, and MRO missions. He has engaged in robotics and artificial intelligence research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at the Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. He also served as on-site systems engineer for Hayabusa at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Sagamihara, Japan. He currently is a member of the Constellation command and control systems engineering team, is subsystem systems engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory surface guidance, navigation, and control team, and is providing uplink operations engineering support for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission.

Professional Experience


Mars Exploration Rovers
Mars Science Laboratory
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Deep Space One
InfraRed Astronomical Satellite
Space Shuttle


Mission Data System
Rocky 7 Smart Executive
Distributed Space Telerobotics
Task Lines and Motion Guides
Telerobot Interactive Planning System
Active SpaceCraft Model Interface
Qualitative Reasoning
ASTER Planning Prototype


  1. R. W. Nelson, S. G. Lever, D. M. Gaines, J. A. Herman, P. P. Hwang, S. L. Laubach, M. M. Pack, and S. F. Peters, "On Low Power Operations during Spirit’s Third Winter on Mars," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 07 March 2009.
  1. H. Nayar, J. Balaram, J. Cameron, A. Jain, C. Lim, R. Mukherjee, S. Peters, M. Pomerantz, L. Reder, P. Shakkottai, S. Wall, "A Lunar Surface Operations Simulator," Proc. International Conference on Simulation, Modeling and Programming for Autonomous Robots (SIMPAR 2008), 01 November 2008.
  1. D. W. Beaty, S. Miller, W. Zimmerman, J. Bada, P. Conrad, E. Dupuis, T. Huntsberger, R. Ivlev, S. S. Kim, B. G. Lee, D. Lindstrom, L. Lorenzoni, P. Mahaffy, K. McNamara, D. Papanastassiou, S. Patrick, S. Peters, N. Rohatgi, J. J. Simmonds, J. Spray, T. D. Swindle, L. Tamppari, A. Treiman, J. K. Wolfenbarger, and A. Zent, "Planning for a Mars In-Situ Sample Preparation and Distribution (SPAD) System," Planetary and Space Science, 52, 55-66, 01 January 2004.
  1. R. Volpe and S. Peters, "Rover Technology Development and Infusion for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory Mission," Proceedings of 7th the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation for Space, Nara, Japan, 19 May 2003.
  1. S. Peters, "A Science-Based Executive for Autonomous Planetary Vehicles," Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation for Space, Montreal, Canada, 18 June 2001.
  1. S. Peters, "Robotic Vehicles for Planetary Exploration: Flight Projects and Research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory," Journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, Volume 120 Number 12, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese translation), 01 December 2000.
  1. S. Peters, "NASA's Science Rover for MUSES-C," Proceedings of the 9th ISAS Workshop on Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics, Sagamihara, Japan, 22 July 1999.
  2. S. Peters, "The NASA Rover for MUSES-C," ISAS News, Sagamihara, Japan, 01 June 1999.
  1. W. Eggemeyer, S. Grenander, A. Amador, and S. Peters, "Long Term Evolution of a Planning and Scheduling Capability for Real Planetary Applications," Proceedings of the International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space Exploration and Science, Oxnard, CA, 28 October 1997.
  2. S. Hayati, R Volpe, P Backes, J. Balaram, R. Welch, R. Ivlev, G. Tharp, S. Peters, T. Ohm, and R. Petras, "The Rocky7 Rover: A Mars Sciencecraft Prototype," Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Albuquerque, NM, 20 April 1997.
  3. S. Peters and R. Welch, "Science-Based Autonomy for Rocky7," Proceedings of the Planetary Society 1997 International Conference on Mobile Planetary Robots, Santa Monica, California, 29 January 1997.
  1. Y. Wakita, S. Hirai, K. Machida, K. Ogimoto, T. Itoko, P. Backes, and S. Peters, "Application of Intelligent Monitoring for Super Long Distance Teleoperation," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, Osaka, Japan, 05 November 1996.
  2. P. G. Backes, S. F. Peters, L. Phan, and K. S. Tso, "Task Lines and Motion Guides," EEE International Conference on Automation and Robotics, Minneapolis, 22 April 1996.
  1. K. Machida, S. Hirai, Y. Wakita, H. Ujiie, F. Yasumoto, K. Ogimoto, P. Backes, and S. Peters, "Study on Super Long Distance Space Telerobotics: Experiment of Platform Assembling from USA," 9th Space Science and Technology Conference, Osaka, Japan (in Japanese), 31 October 1995.
  1. P. S. Schenker, S. F. Peters, E. D. Paljug, and W. S. Kim, "Intelligent viewing control for robotic and automation systems," Proceedings of the SPIE Sensor Fusion VII Conference 2355, Boston, MA, 31 October 1994.
  1. L. G. Hull, S. F. Peters, and R. Davis, "EOS Distributed Planning and Scheduling Prototype," Proceedings of the AIAA Computing in Aerospace 9 Conference, San Diego, CA, 19 October 1993.
  2. University of Colorado at Boulder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, "Earth Observing System Distributed Planning and Scheduling Prototype Lessons Learned," EOS Library, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, 01 June 1993.
  1. S. F. Peters, S. Hirai, T. Omata, and T. Sato, "Robot behavior planning with qualitative reasoning," Proceedings of the 1991 IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Osaka, Japan, 03 November 1991.
  2. S. F. Peters, S. Hirai, T. Omata, and T. Sato, "Planning robot control parameter values with qualitative reasoning," Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Sydney, Australia, 1234-1240, 24 August 1991.
  1. S. Peters, D. Mittman, C. Collins, J. Callahan, and M. Rokey, "Planning and Reasoning in the JPL Telerobot Testbed," JPL Publication 90-37, 15 September 1990.
  2. D. Mittman, B. Bon, C. E. Collins, G. Fleischer, T. Litwin, J. Morrison, J. S. O'Meara, S. F. Peters, J. Brogdon, B.Humeniuk, A. Ladd, J. Lago, M. Sklar, J. Spencer, and B. Wegerif, "The JPL/KSC Telerobotic Inspection Demonstration," Proceedings of the Goddard Conference on Space Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, 01 May 1990.
  1. S. Peters, "Autonomy Through Interaction: The JPL Telerobot Interactive Planning System," Proceedings of the SPIE Space Station Automation IV Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 07 November 1988.