Feb 15

3U CubeSat integrated with Prox 1 (launched on Falcon Heavy / STP-2 mission)

LightSail-2 solar sailing demo (approx. date)
Apr 17


Northrop Grumman CRS mission #11 (NG-11, on Antares 230) (approx. date)
Aug 15

North American Eagle 800-mph supersonic car

World land speed record attempt (approx. date)
Nov 15


Northrop Grumman CRS mission #12 (NG-12, on Antares 230) (approx. date)


Spirit's Robotic Arm Doing Its Thing

2004 Jan 17

The robotic arm on the Spirit rover has been checked out and is working well, and the first microscopic images of the Martian soil have been returned from the imager at the end of the arm, one of several instruments there.

The arm — called the Instrument Deployment Device (IDD) — was designed and built for JPL by Pasadena-based Alliance Spacesystems, Inc., and all IDD electrical test and checkout equipment was designed and built by Ecliptic under subcontract to ASI. Thre copies of the IDD and test equipment were delivered to JPL in early 2002.

Spirit's twin Opportunity — landing January 24th on the other side of the planet — is outfitted with an identical IDD system, and another IDD is used in the rover simulator lab at JPL.

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