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   Charles White
  

Mars Exploration (General)

I work very far in the background of mission operations providing multi-mission support for many JPL missions. I manage the day-to-day usage of the important matrix mathematic tools, which are used by the flight teams for spacecraft navigation, entry descent and landing, and general spacecraft operations. Special computers known as license servers maintain this software, and I monitor the health of the license servers. I also coordinate mathematical problems with the software vendor. I maintain an active relationship with representatives of the vendor in order to plan for cost increases, new purchases, and to provide training opportunities for the navigators, scientists and engineers. During critical mission operations, I am on 24 hour call, even while on vacation.

Mars Science Laboratory

I provide mission support to multiple missions during day and night managing each specific mission requirements by interfacing directly with the flight team management. The navigators, scientists and engineers utilize complex matrix mathematics software that is used by each mission for navigation, image processing, power computations, and mission design. I work to provide the flight projects with critical access to these needed computer tools.

Mars Scout

I provide mission support to multiple missions during day and night managing each specific mission requirements by interfacing directly with the flight team management. The navigators, scientists and engineers utilize complex matrix mathematics software that is used by each mission for navigation, image processing, power computations, and mission design. I work to provide the flight projects with critical access to these needed computer tools.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

I provide mission support to multiple missions during day and night managing each specific mission requirements by interfacing directly with the flight team management. The navigators, scientists and engineers utilize complex matrix mathematics software that is used by each mission for navigation, image processing, power computations, and mission design. I work to provide the flight projects with critical access to these needed computer tools.

Mars Exploration Rover Mission

I provide mission support to multiple missions during day and night managing each specific mission requirements by interfacing directly with the flight team management. The navigators, scientists and engineers utilize complex matrix mathematics software that is used by each mission for navigation, image processing, power computations, and mission design. I work to provide the flight projects with critical access to these needed computer tools.

Mars Global Surveyor

I composed and performed the music soundtrack for the mini-documentary for this mission. I won a Silver Telly for my JPL music compositions.

Mars Pathfinder

I served as the PC-System Windows architect for the pre-launch Mars Pathfinder Project. I was the first person to setup a live web camera for a space mission at JPL while on Pathfinder.


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