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In November 2006, then--NASA Chief Engineer Chris Scolese brought together an advisory group of aerospace veterans to think about creative ways of giving young NASA employees the skills they will need to lead future projects and programs. Gus Guastaferro, an invited guest of this Management Operations Working Group, suggested developing a hands-on project that would give young engineers and scientists the opportunity to take a small mission from concept to launch to post-flight analysis.
Just over two years later, NASA centers received an invitation to submit proposals for the first Hands-On Project Experience (HOPE) training opportunity. Five centers responded with project ideas. The winning plan, to improve terrain-relative navigation by collecting ground imagery during a sounding-rocket flight, came from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In the spring of 2009, a group of young JPLers led by project manager Don Heyer got to work on what they called the Terrain-Relative Navigation and Employee Development (TRaiNED) project.
This is the beginning of their yearlong project adventure. Stay tuned for more episodes.
Read more about Project HOPE:
APPEL Website - http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/curriculum/outside/275
ASK Magazine Part I - http://askmagazine.nasa.gov/issues/36/36s_hope_for_future.ht
ASK Magazine Part II - http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/42/42s_refl
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On April 5, 2006, an initial development test was conducted onboard a sounding rocket flight (41.068) which collected analog ground imagery during the descent portion of the rocket's trajectory and IMU and GPS data from launch to landing. This data was then used to further develop and test Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN) computer algorithms.
The TRaiNED project is the next step in the development of this new technology. As a second developmental test flight, TRaiNED builds upon the first flight by expanding the data set to include exo-atmospheric imagery in addition to descent imagery.
At this point in the story, the team is two months into their project and they have just completed their System Requirements Review (SRR).