NASA transferred the Curiosity rover mission team to a remote work format due to a coronavirus infection pandemic. Now engineers control the movement of the rover from their own apartments. This is stated in the blog of the agency.
NASA began the gradual transfer of its engineers to a remote work format back in March, but the last employees switched to homework only now because of the technical features of their work.
About 20 people are involved in programming the Curiosity rover sequence. They develop all the teams for the rover and first test them on special models. At the same time, it is quite important for them to be close to each other and instantly respond to various external factors that can happen to the rover.
“Usually we were all in the same room, exchanging data from screens, images and other information. The employees talked in small groups and with each other in a single room”.
Alicia Allbau, Head of NASA Curiosity
All employees transferred to remote work received the necessary equipment to work from home. However, not all the equipment was able to be moved home – some specialists have to use ordinary red-blue 3D glasses instead of special 3D glasses – they require top-end video cards in high-performance computers that are installed only in the office.
The agency notes that it is not yet clear how long employees will work remotely and what mode of work will be in the next six months.