JPL Presents MSSS With Procurement Quality Assurance Award for Juno

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Malin Space Science Systems, Inc. (MSSS), has been presented the first-ever JPL Procurement Quality Assurance award for producing high-quality, complex space cameras and instrument systems supporting NASA's Juno project. The award was presented to MSSS flight assembly technicians Olawale Oluwo (left) and Chris Martin (right) by Lee Boyle (center) of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Procurement Quality Assurance division. Martin and Oluwo are responsible for assembling and testing the Juno hardware at MSSS. The award recognizes MSSS's commitment to consistently deliver reliable, high-performance, space cameras and instrument systems and follows a recent JPL audit of MSSS's quality system, which affirmed MSSS's current "Approved" status on the JPL Approved Supplier List.

MSSS flight assembly technicians Olawale Oluwo and Chris Martin receiving the JPL Procurement Quality Assurance Award from JPL's Lee Boyle.

MSSS delivered the Junocam instrument in May 2011 for the NASA-JPL Juno mission to Jupiter. Junocam is designed to take hundreds of color images of the giant planet, some at resolutions never before seen, as the spacecraft orbits Jupiter, coming within 5000 km of the gas giant's cloudtops. Junocam will be operated as part of the mission's education and public outreach program, with targets being suggested by the public. MSSS will take these target suggestions, convert them into imaging commands, and process the resulting images for public release.

MSSS provided four science cameras for JPL's Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, which will also launch in 2011. MSSS also recently celebrated the successful launch and mission success of the earth-orbiting CMA instrument, on which the new ECAM modular space camera platform is based.

MSSS is currently operating two cameras onboard NASA's 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission (MRO), the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) and the Context Camera (CTX). MARCI provides a daily global weather map of Mars in five colors and two ultraviolet bands. CTX images Mars at 6 m per pixel resolution, and has already mapped more than two thirds of the planet at that resolution. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), built by MSSS and operated by principal investigator Mark Robinson at Arizona State University, continues to return 0.5 meter per pixel high-resolution images and 100 meter per pixel multi-spectral images after being launched in June 2009.

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