Jacob Schaffner, Electronics Engineer

Jacob Schaffner joined Malin Space Science Systems in 2004, during the final assembly of the CTX and MARCI instruments for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He supported calibration, test, and delivery of these instruments, while also performing research and development on a color CMOS camera.

Soon after the delivery of CTX and MARCI, MSSS was selected by NASA to develop both the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) instrument suite for LRO and the MARDI, MAHLI, and Mastcam (MMM) instrument suite for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. Schaffner was deeply involved in the detailed system design for these instruments, serving as cognizant engineer (and electronics/logic designer) for the LROC Sequence and Compression System (SCS) and the MMM Digital Electronics Assembly (DEA). Both of these units interface cameras to the spacecraft and provide real-time image processing and buffering functions.

Schaffner also developed CMA, a CMOS camera system for a classified Earth orbiter, and the Junocam Digital Electronics Assembly (JDEA) for the Juno mission to Jupiter. He is currently acting as project manager, systems engineer, and digital electronics/logic designer for the ECAM modular space camera platform. 

Prior to starting work at MSSS, he worked for many years while at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) on the development of 1kg, 10cm cube picosatellites, know as CubeSats. He was project manager and lead engineer for CP1, the first satellite designed, built, and launched by Cal Poly and oversaw the initial development of the follow-on CP2 satellite. He designed and built flight deployment electronics for the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) and supported the first CubeSat launch. He also worked at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (Guildford, UK) developing a CubeSat orbital transfer and deployment vehicle.

Schaffner has also served as a consultant, providing design and manufacturing services for various small spaceflight projects, including deployment electronics for the Startshine-4/5 mission.  

 

Education

  • B.S., 2004, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Electronics Engineering

 

Employment

  • Electronics Engineer, Malin Space Science Systems (2004 — Present)
  • Project Manager and Lead Engineer, Cal Poly Picosatellite Project (PolySat) (2001 — 2004)
  • Space Systems Engineer Studentship, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) (June 2003 — December 2003)
  • High-Voltage Power Engineer Intern, Rantec Power Systems (June 2001 — September 2001)
  • Electronics Technician, Doug Fleenor Design (2001 — 2004)

 

Spaceflight Systems Experience

  • JunoCam on the Juno Jupiter Orbiter, NASA-JPL
  • Camera Monitoring Assembly (CMA) on a Classified Earth Orbiter
  • MARDI/MAHLI/MASTCAM (MMM) Science Camera Suite on the Mars Science Laboratory, NASA-JPL 
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA-GSFC 
  • Context Camera (CTX) and Mars Color Imager (MARDI) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), NASA-JPL
  • CP1, a 10cm cube satellite (CubeSat), the first satellite designed, built, and launched by Cal Poly State University
  • P-POD Deployment Electronics, First CubeSat Launch
  • Starshine-4/5 Deployment Electronics

 

 

Honors and Awards

  • First Place, Engineering and Computer Science, CSU Student Research Competition (2003)
  • First Place, USU/AIAA Small Satellite Conference Student Competition (2002)
  • Young California Manufacturer of the Year, California Manufacturing Association (1998)
  • Best Electronic Device, California State Fair (1998)

 

Publications and Abstracts

Robinson, M. S., S. M. Brylow, M. Tschimmel, D. Humm, S. J. Lawrence , P. C. Thomas, B. W. Denevi, E. Bowman-Cisneros, J. Zerr, M. A. Ravine, M. A. Caplinger, F. T. Ghaemi, J. A. Schaffner, M. C. Malin, P. Mahanti, A. Bartels, J. Anderson, T. N. Tran, E. M. Eliason, A. S. McEwen, E. Turtle, B. L. Jolliff, and H. Hiesinger (2010), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Instrument Review, Space Science Reviews 150, 81–124, doi:10.1007/s11214-010-9634-2.

Malin, M. C., M. A. Caplinger, K. S. Edgett, F. T. Ghaemi, M. A. Ravine, J. A. Schaffner, J. M. Baker, J. D. Bardis, D. R. DiBase, J. N. Maki, R. G. Willson, J. F. Bell III, W. E. Dietrich, L. J. Edwards, N. Hallet, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. Shieber, R.J. Sullivan, D. Y. Summer, P. C. Thomas, and R. A. Yingst (2010), The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mast-Mounted Cameras (Mastcams) Flight Instruments, 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, abstract #1123. — PDF

Malin, M. C., M. A. Caplinger, K. S. Edgett, F. T. Ghaemi, M. A. Ravine, J. A. Schaffner, J. N. Maki, R. G. Willson, J. F. Bell III, J. F. Cameron, W. E. Dietrich, L. J. Edwards, N. Hallet, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. Shieber, R.J. Sullivan, D. Y. Summer, P. C. Thomas, and R. A. Yingst (2010), The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) Flight Instrument, 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, abstract #1199. — PDF

Edgett, K. S., M. A. Ravine, M. A. Caplinger, F. T. Ghaemi, J. A. Schaffner, M. C. Malin, J. M. Baker, D. R. DiBiase, J. Laramee, J. N. Maki, R. G. Willson, J. F. Bell III, J. F. Cameron, W. E. Dietrich, L. J. Edwards, B. Hallet, K. E. Herkenhoff, E. Heydari, L. C. Kah, M. T. Lemmon, M. E. Minitti, T.S. Olson, T. J. Parker, S. K. Rowland, J. Shieber, R.J. Sullivan, D. Y. Summer, P. C. Thomas, and R. A. Yingst (2010), The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) Flight Instrument, 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, abstract #1197. — PDF

Ward, C., A. Curiel, M. Sweeting, J. Schaffner, and G. S. Aglietti (2005), Surrey Small Satellite Transfer Vehicle, Proceedings of the 56th International Astronautical Federation Congress. — Link

Baker, A., A. Curiel, J. Schaffner, and M. Sweeting (2005), You Can Get There From Here: Advanced Low Cost Propulsion Concepts for Small Satellites Beyond LEO, Acta Astronautica 57, 288–301. — Link

Baker, A., A. Curiel, J. Schaffner, and M. Sweeting (2004), Advanced Low Cost Propulsion Concepts for Small Satellites Beyond LEO, Proceedings of the 55th International Astronautical Federation Congress.

Schaffner, J. (2003), The Electronic System Design and Analysis of the Cal Poly State University CP1 CubeSat, presented at the CSU Student Research Competition. 

Schaffner, J. (2002), The Electronic System Design, Analysis, Integration, and Construction of the Cal Poly State University CP1 CubeSat, presented at the USU/AIAA Small Satellite Conference.