Meet the engineer behind NASA’s robotic arm for Mars

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(CNN)Standing at the patio of his home in Ghana, as a young kid, Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu was interested by the aircrafts that flew in and out of the airport. His dreams were not to be a pilot, his creativity was more distinct than that.

Many years after, the young dreamer has actually exceeded his creativity. He is now a lead engineer on InSight – NASA’s spacecraft which just recently arrived on Mars. He supervises of the objective’s robotic arm system.

What does the robotic arm do?

    For now, the robotic arm will be taking images of Mars.
    “We’re going to take a selfie of the land,” Ollennu informed CNN through Skype. “We are going to take the images of the work area, and after that we are going to begin preparing how to get the instrument to the surface area.”
    The engineer learnt Avionics at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Queen Mary College, University of London and after that got a Ph. D. in Control Systems Engineering, at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
    He then relocated to the United States to do additional research study in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
    “This is my 5th objective landing on mars that we are dealing with. I’ve been dealing with Mars for like 20 years now,” he states.

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    His previous jobs on Mars consists of: the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover, Phoenix Mars Lander of 2007, Mars Science Laboratory in 2011, and the 2016 Insight Mars Lander.
    Ollennu has actually acquired many awards and acknowledgment for his works. A few of that includes the 2008 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover objective, and the 2010 Specialist Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society in the UK.
    But he is not decreasing anytime quickly. Ollennu’s drive is “to advance human understanding.”
    “One of the important things that individuals forget is that ancient times throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and Asia our predecessors wanted to the paradises and mapped the constellations. And what did they make with them? They produced calendars so they can understand when to collect, when to plant … they simply searched for into area and after that they did all this mapping,” he stated.
    “Humans constantly aim to the paradises to acquire understanding and usage that understanding to make life a little much better which’s precisely what we do at NASA, stated Ollennu. “And that’s precisely what InSight is going to do.”
    Ollennu states he thinks that he is fortunate to have had a “strong” scholastic structure in Ghana Senior High Technical School, a Science and Technology oriented high school in Takoradi. “There you get to do a great deal of woodwork, metalwork, engineering, drawing so that type of offers you an excellent balance and a great deal of science too,” he stated.

    “If they have the enthusiasm for something they need to pursue it.”
    Using soccer as an example, the engineer states youths practice soccer for hours in the day to end up being a star. He advises them to invest the exact same comparable quantity of time to their enthusiasms in order to stand out.
    “It’s type of paradoxical that they will believe they need to practice soccer for hours and they need to do mathematics for 30 minutes,” he states

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