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Matt Wallace
Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) Manager
Mars Exploration Rovers mission
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

Experience at JPL
Most of my time here at JPL, in the 1990s, I worked as a design and test engineer for both the Pathfinder spacecraft and the Rover. I also worked on the Cassini spacecraft's power supply, and on advanced mission systems. My area of expertise is in power systems-solar arrays, batteries, and power electronics. I was lucky enough to be one of the engineers on the spacecraft launch team when we launched Pathfinder out of Kennedy Space Center. It was a kick being one of the people giving the "Go for Launch," then watching the rocket lift off, knowing that the stuff you built was starting a 400-million-kilometer trip to another planet.

After Pathfinder and Sojourner I left JPL for work in private industry, dealing with remote sensing satellites, before returning to JPL in 1991.

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