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   Peter Waydo
   Mechanical Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Wellington School, Columbus,  OH

Background Information
I'm really a mechanic turned mechanical engineer. My first love is cars, and so I was naturally drawn to building Mars rovers! I have restored several classic Ford Mustangs and Shelbys, culminating with a national-level "Best of Show" with a 1970 Shelby GT-350. I'm currently building a 1983 Mazda RX-7 into a race car to campaign on the SCCA PRO7 circuit.

I started at JPL as a co-op student after my junior year of college. I was involved with the (then 2007) Mars Smart Lander, which was to place a large rover in a precise location on the surface of Mars. During my 6-month co-op, I designed many of the parts for the rover prototype, helped get it built, and began to test it. When I returned to JPL as a full-time employee, I got involved with the 2003 rovers and was given a great opportunity to make a contribution to the design and construction of the suspension systems. In addition, I'm part of the team that will perform the final assembly and integration of the spacecraft, before it is taken to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch!

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am responsible for getting the structural and mechanical subassemblies that make up the suspension system for the rovers. I am also a member of the MER Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) team. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section I love cars. I have a background of restoring classic Mustangs and Shelbys, but recently I've been branching out a bit. I've always wanted to get into road racing, so I'm in the process of building a race car. [more personal reflections ...]