In recent news, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have landed a new rover on Mars. A huge feat for the team and a great accomplishment for the scientific community. Here at Evans, we played a small part in bringing the Perseverance Rover to the red planet.
Perseverance Rover From NASA & JPL Lands on Mars
But first, let’s talk about what the rover will be doing on Mars and the amazing instruments it holds on board! The rover was manufactured by JPL and was launched from Earth back in July of 2020.
What Will “Percy” the Rover be doing on Mars?
The Perseverance Rover is nicknamed Percy and is a car-sized rover that landed on Mars in the Jezero crater on February 18th of this year (2021). It is designed to explore the red planet and search for biosignatures in the soil then return those samples to Earth. This will be the first launch ever attempted from another planet and the first-time samples from another planet have been returned to Earth. There are more firsts on this mission including the Ingenuity helicopter which will be the first powered flight on another planet. The rover also carries a device named “Moxie” which produces oxygen from Martian CO2 in preparation for humans landing on Mars.
Evans Made Control Room Supports the JPL team
We are very excited for the future of space exploration and to see the successful landing of the rover on the red planet. In our own small way, we have supported the Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the last 14 years by designing and manufacturing their control room setup. If you have seen the dark consoles with blue lighting on TV and in the news, then you now know exactly where they came from. We design and equip mission critical operations for NASA and many other industries including:
- Air Traffic Control
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- Public Safety including 911 Emergency response & Transportation
- Process Control including Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Manufacturing
- Power Generation Utilities
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- Global Security Operations Centers (GSOC)
Evans Support of Science and Space Exploration at NASA, JPL
Evans is proud of the work we have done with JPL and excited about our work being featured on the news around the world. Our consoles have been used by the JPL teams in Pasadena California since 2007. Our relationship with JPL has thrived over the last 14 years and you may have noticed these consoles in pictures and video on the news and online.
We have worked with NASA for over 27 years and are excited to continue our support for both NASA and JPL for many years to come. We look forward to the exciting future of space exploration with a vision for hope and a commitment to our customers. Evans is proud of the impact we make at NASA and around the globe. Congratulations on the successful landing!
Evans was also recently featured by Global News in an article written by Amy Prentice. The full article can be read at this link or keep scrolling and read the article below. Our very own Matko Papic, CTO at Evans is quoted in the article. Great job to all involved and thank you to Global News for their timely article.
Calgary-based EVANS ‘proud’ to be part of NASA’s Perseverance rover project
By Amy Prentice - Global News
Posted February 26, 2021 5:40 pm
Calgarians working at a tech company are proud to see their work in action as NASA’s Perseverance rover gathers samples from a planet millions of kilometers away.
EVANS’ chief technology officer Matko Papic said the company, which was founded in Calgary in 1980, has been a global player in aviation, public safety and space operations and has focused on designing and equipping control rooms for decades.
He said the company gets involved with the early planning and detailed designs of the space and then designs the consoles specific to customer requirements, they do all the manufacturing and support their customers globally.
Their latest collaboration was on Perseverance, NASA’s rover that landed on Mars earlier this month.
The rover specializes in traveling the planet Mars to look for signs of ancient life and pick up a wide range of core rock and soil samples and store them safely, so they can be returned to earth and studied.
EVANS supplied control room consoles to the company in Texas, and Papic said the employees we thrilled with being a part of the project.
“You know, we as a … Calgary-based company are very fortunate and very proud to … be able to be a part of this program,.” Papic said.
“It’s both a sense of pride and a little bit of a sense of relief. But I think it’s mainly … pride that’s just, you know, being involved even in such a small piece.”
Papic told Global News that there are lots of future opportunities and EVANS is excited to continue to be a part of projects like this.
He said that navigating a mission from northeast Calgary when all the equipment is in Houston is not an easy task, but it is very doable.
“I think a big part of that is we’ve been able to develop a very unique and value-added product offering, and I think the fact that we support our customers and every aspect of their operational needs and the fact that we can support our customers globally, Papic said.
“With these specific solutions its really made a difference and its helped evolve EVANS into a global player.”
EVANS involvement in Perseverance was primarily in the control room and all elements were designed and manufactured in Calgary.
“That’s usually where Evans does most of our work is within the control room environment, and it varies by the type of mission. But they’re all control rooms that require continuous monitoring.” Papic said.
Papic mentioned that due to high-level requirements, these projects can take quite some time to complete.
“We want to make sure that we’re focusing on capturing all the requirements and making sure that the design is absolutely perfect because the last thing we want is, you know, something that Evans provided to be a hindrance in the overall mission and so we’re very, very diligent to making sure that everything is functioning perfectly before it actually gets commissioned and goes live.” Papic said.
The company’s relationship with NASA began decades ago as they began supporting them on some of the space shuttle missions both from a mission and launch control standpoint. EVANS has been involved with some other well-known projects.
“We’ve done projects for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; we’ve done projects for the Hubble Space Telescope, so different programs within NASA,” Papic said.
“And we’ve been very fortunate as an organization that NASA continued to see us as a partner in helping them develop some of these solutions.”
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