Curiosity Rover’s Electronics and Computers Face Test on Mars

Mars as mars rover curiosity enters its life to be saved by electronics and mechanical devices

 Mars looms, a cruel environment for the Curiosity Rover.

Just enough atmosphere to slow down the Curiosity Rover spacecraft to 1,000 miles per hour, but not enough to finish the job.

Never before has mankind attempted such a risky concatenation of electromechanical devices to land on another planet.

For the Mars Rover Curiosity to survive, Jet Propulsion Engineers and Scientists are counting on electronics, pyrotechnic bolts, heat shields, cables, rocket motors, programming — everything —  to work perfectly.

Watch this film to grasp how aerospace electronics have advanced.  See the lengths to which engineers have gone to get the heavy Curiosity safely to Mars.

Even more shocking, see  the ambitious sequence of multiple  electronic and mechanical deployments engineers have planned.  

Engineers are counting on multiple electronic devices to keep their creation, the Curiosity Mars rover, from crashing onto the surface of Mars.  Will they succeed?

The film is called Seven Minutes of Terror.


Remember to watch the Curiosity landing at 10-31 PDT on August 5, 2012.

Check the Jet Propulsion Laboratory site for Curiosity Rover updates.

Failures in Electronics

I just saw this video about failures in electronics.

Your attitude toward failures in electronics may reflect a general attitude toward failure.

There is a line in this video that goes against what most of us have been taught:  “Celebrate failures because you will make a lot of them.”

The author of this video is not afraid of failure, is prepared for failure, knows how to deal with failure, embraces and celebrates failure.

She takes stuff apart and often that is not the plan of the manufacturer.  

Ever try and unscrew those red painted screws inside electronic devices? You can do it but these screws are manufactured to fail. The red screws are made out of cheap pot metal. So when you try and take apart a device with red screws, you are tempting fate and asking for failure.  Did you stop trying to unscrew those red screws?  I did.

Risking failure?  Even seeking out failure?

Speaking only for myself, I avoid failure.  I hate it.  I take it personally.  I spend a great deal of time anticipating and avoiding problems.

Are you like that?  It can be debilitating.  Sure you don’t fail much, but how many things don’t you even try?

But what if I were a different kind of person?  Like the author of this video.

What if I could look forward to failure?  How much more could I learn?

Listen carefully to this engineer/tinkerer who tells us how to proceed in her style.

The name of this video is 

Secret to Learning Electronics – Fail and Fail Often



What is your attitude toward failure?  Can you imagine becoming comfortable with failure?