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   Douglas Petercsak
  

Mars Exploration Rover Mission

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Mechanical Design Engineering consultant to JPL responsible for the design analysis of the Mars Exploration Rover suspension gearbox and differential. Lead Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the planetary gearboxes for the; High Gain Antenna, IDD Azimuth and Elevation, IDD Elbow, IDD Turret, IDD Wrist, Rock Abrasion Tool Revolve, Rock Abrasion Tool Z-Axis, Rocker, Solar Array, Wheels and Steering. Lead Mechanical Engineer for the design of the Pan Cam; Azimuth Actuator and Twist Capsule, Elevation Actuator and Camera Pointing Mechanisms.


Mars Polar Lander

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Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the mechanical design and analysis of the Mars Polar Lander Robot Arm Motors and Camera Pointing Mechanisms.


Mars Pathfinder

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Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the mechanical design and analysis of the Mars Pathfinder Airbag Retraction Actuator Planetary Gearboxes and the Imager for Mars Pathfinder Camera Pointing Mechanisms.


Mars Observer

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Lead Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the design and analysis of the Mars Observer Solar Panel Deployment System. The system was unique and challenging consisting of self deploying latching and damped hinges and multiple axes deployments without synchronizing mechanisms.



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