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Software Development for MOXIE Oxygen-Producing Experiment on the Mars2020 Rover


Term:

Fall

Department:

16: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Faculty Supervisor:

Professor Jeffrey Hoffman

Faculty email:

jhoffma1@mit.edu

Apply by:

ASAP

Contact:

jhoffma1@mit.edu

Project Description

BACKGROUND: MOXIE, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, is one of the payloads currently being carried to Mars on NASA’s Perseverance rover. It was developed by MIT and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to demonstrate, for the first time, In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies on another planet by extracting O2 from CO2 in the Martian atmosphere using solid oxide electrolysis (SOE). MOXIE is a prototype version of a much larger system that could produce enough oxygen to support a crew of astronauts on Mars. MIT News Article about MOXIE: http://news.mit.edu/2020/perseverance-and-little-moxie-mit-going-to-mars-0729. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: The MIT MOXIE team is looking for UROPs who are interested in developing software for a number of different aspects of the project. We will require students with backgrounds in Python and C programing languages plus a knowledge of MATLAB. Experience with version control systems such as Git will be helpful. Specific tasks can include, but are not limited to, porting python2 to python3 software to interact with a rover emulator, extending simulation tools to interact with a flight software emulator and helping to maintain data conversion software. This UROP can be done remotely. Direct Supervisors: John Swoboda, Robert Schaefer

Pre-requisites

Backgrounds in Python and C programing languages plus a knowledge of MATLAB. Experience with version control systems such as Git will be helpful.