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What Extended Kepler Mission Means for Engineers

April 25, 2012

Strategic engineering plays a crucial role in extended projects like the Kepler Mission

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know about the extended Kepler mission.

Driven by budget and limited follow-on programs, extended missions are pretty commonplace these days. So what does that mean for the companies responsible for the elements necessary to launch such a mission?

It means we all need to plan for the unexpected.

While overdesigning is bad practice that costs money and resources, anticipating what the customer “may” need can be crucial. If a mission is extended and the equipment that makes it run doesn’t survive, the results can be disastrous on many levels.

Always make sure your design strategy takes this possibility into account to ensure a smooth mission long beyond its original end date.

This is the exact approach we took at Betatronix when working with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab on the Mars Rover, which is now in its 9th year of exploring the red planet. To find out more about our involvement with the Rover project or some of our more current projects, talk to one of our expert engineers or representatives.

You can read the full article on the extended Kepler Mission here.