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A tribute to the Sponsors and Contributors

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A tribute to the Rover Telecommunications Sponsors and Contributors

The microrover telecom team wishes to thank the following organizations which sponsored or funded this effort:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • California Institute of Technology
  • JPL Mars Exploration Directorate
  • JPL Spacecraft Telecommunications Equipment Section - 336
  • JPL Communications Systems and Research Section - 331

  • The microrover telecom team wishes to thank the following people at JPL for their contributions:

    Core Telecom Team
  • Lin van Nieuwstadt - Rover Telecom Cognizant Engineer
  • Scot Stride - Engineering Support/Telecom Mission Operations
  • Sami Asmar - Telecom Mission Operations/Cognizant Engineer
  • Tom Rebold - Telecom Mission Operations/Engineering Analysis Team
  • Jan Tarsala - Telecom Mission Operations/Engineering Analysis Team
  • Bert H. Fujiwara - Technical & Laboratory Support
  • Robert F. Thomas - Rover & Lander UHF Antenna Design
  • Cosme Chavez - Antenna Testing

    Other JPL Contributors


  • Ronald Banes - Microrover Power Subsystem/Mission Operations
  • Chuck Barnes - Radiation Testing
  • Javier Bautista - Laboratory Support
  • Robert Beckon - Mesa Antenna Range Engineering Support
  • Tom Borden - Advanced Packaging Consultation
  • David F. Braun - Mechanical Engineering Support
  • Kevin Burke - Antenna Mechanical Engineering Support
  • James Coss - Radiation Testing/Analysis
  • Johnny Duong - Flight Assembly Support
  • Howard J. Eisen - Mechanical Engineering Support
  • Khanara Ellers - Packaging Support
  • Charles Fenske - Cryogenics Supply
  • Robert Galletly - Systems Engineering Support
  • Lorraine Garcia - Quality Assurance
  • Carl Gilchriest - Telecom Systems Analysis
  • Gary W. Glass - Technical Support/ KSC testing
  • Verne Gordon - Quality Assurance
  • William A. Hatch - Technical Support
  • Martin I. Herman - Systems Technical Support
  • Kenneth Jewett - Mechanical Engineering Support
  • Cindy M. Jones - Flight Assembly Support
  • Amedeo Larussi - Mesa Antenna Test and Analysis
  • William Layman - Project Science & Engineering Support
  • Leslie Livesay - Pathfinder Telecom Manager
  • Jake Matijevic - Project Management/Technical Support
  • Andrew Mishkin - Systems Technical Support/Mission Operations
  • Kenneth McCarty - Radiation Testing
  • Don McQuarie - Quality Assurance
  • Jack Morrison - Software Support/Mission Operations
  • Donald Nichols - Radiation Testing/Analysis
  • Fred Nabors - Arroyo Antenna Tests
  • Tam Nguyen - Software Support/Mission Operations
  • Steven M. Petree - Laboratory Support and Testing
  • William Pickett - Mesa Antenna Range Engineering Support
  • Harvey Schwartz - Radiation Testing/Analysis
  • James S. Shell - Laboratory Support
  • Donna Shirley - Mars Project Office/Technical Support
  • Allen Sirota - Technical Support/Mission Operations
  • Hugh Smith - Antenna Technical Support
  • Henry W. Stone - Technical Support/Mission Operations
  • Art Thompson (ZaTHrus VI) - Engineering Support/Mission Operations
  • Matthew Wallace - Microrover Power Subsystem/Mission Operations
  • Paul Willis - Antenna Technical Support
  • Gordon Wood - Technical Support/ KSC testing/Telecom Mission Operations

  • The microrover telecom team wishes to thank the following people at Motorola and DataRadio for their contributions:

  • Steve Knapp - Motorola Mount Pleasant Radius Division
  • Robert Albrecht - DataRadio RNet Design Team
  • Steve Meyer - Formerly VP RNet Wireless Data
  • William Huhn - Formerly with RNet Wireless Data
  • Richard Vallee - RNet Modem Board Design Team
  • Robert Rouleau - President, DataRadio
  • Frank Crook - Motorola Factory Support
  • Curtis Roberts - Motorola Mount Pleasant Radius Division
  • Larry Sheely - Motorola Mount Pleasant Radius Division
  • Norman Ward - Motorola Mount Pleasant Radius Division
  • Steve Brendle - Motorola OEM Products
  • Edward Clark - Motorola IC Technology Center
  • Greg Connary - Motorola ATT Engineering Group
  • Claudio Rodriguez - Motorola IC Technology Center

  • The telecom team wishes to thank the following companies for their contributions:

  • Motorola Paging Products Division - RNet 9600 Radio Modem Supplier
  • DataRadio Corporation - RNet 9600 Radio Modem Manufacturer
  • Metric Systems Corp. - RNet 9600 PC based TelNet software
  • COMtrix Systems Inc. - RNETix MS-DOS drivers
  • Telogy (Steve Unsuz) - Equipment Rentals
  • Hewlett Packard Company (Mike Finnegan) - Equipment Rentals
  • Smily Antenna Company - UHF Test Antennas
  • Marvac Dow (Pasadena) - Electronic Components
  • Brookhaven National Laboratories - Radiation Test Facilities

  • The microrover telecom team also wishes to thank the following people for their contributions:

  • Wilbert Chew - Section 336 Technical support
  • Tom Cooper - Section 336 Technical support
  • Rick Crist - Section 336 Technical Support
  • Jim Parkyn - Section 333 Telecom Engineering Support
  • Walter W. Williams Jr. - Web Page Consulting


  • As you can see, building a telecommunications system for a microrover took the combined contributions and talents of many people. Once again, many thanks to you all!

    Do you have any Questions or Comments relating to Rover Telecom?
    Send them to: rover-telecom@jpl.nasa.gov :-{)
    We do not promise a prompt reply, but will endeavor to answer all email. Please be patient.

    All information on this site, including text and images describing the Rover is copyright 1997, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Companies listed on this page are here for informational purposes only and did not seek or request any endorsements from NASA, Caltech or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    This page was last updated Friday October 3, 1997.
    Web Author: Scot Stride, NASA-JPL, Telecommunications Hardware Section 336

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