Lockheed Martin’s Spacecraft Operations Team here and we’re helping NASA land on Mars! Ask Us Anything!
EDIT: That's all the time we have for today. Thank you for all the great questions!
Hi Reddit! We are part of Lockheed Martin’s InSight Spacecraft Operations Team! InSight is a Mars Lander that will be touching down on the red planet on Nov. 26, 2018. As we approach InSight’s landing, we thought this would be a great opportunity to answer questions about InSight’s design, engineering, launch and landing, and our overall role with the InSight mission.
Lockheed Martin is the InSight prime contractor and is responsible for the complete spacecraft system – cruise stage, aeroshell and the lander itself. This will be the ninth aeroshell entry system Lockheed Martin has built for NASA to protect spacecraft on the dangerous journey to the Martian surface.
Answering your questions will be:
- John Ricks, InSight Systems Design Lead
- Sarah Brandt, InSight Power Systems
- Nick Ryan, InSight Spacecraft Test Lab Lead
- Randy Faelan, InSight Real-time Operations ＆ Relay Coordination
- Ellis Mbeh works in our Marketing Communications department and will be assisting with our responses.
Ask Us Anything!
For more information about InSight and the mission to Mars, visit these links:
- Lockheed Martin - InSight Mars Lander: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/insight
- NASA - MARS InSight Mission: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/
- A 360-Degree Look at InSight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6KCdKvXvcc