© 2020 Nicole Gonzalez.

PSYCHE COMMAND &DATA HANDLING, ELECTRONICS DESIGN

NASA JET PROPULSION LAB

The Psyche discovery mission aims to observe a metal asteroid that could give insight to Earth’s formation. As an electronics designer, I modified existing multi-mission hardware designs and developed new circuitry for the Compute Element electronics to meet mission requirements of commanding instruments, smart battery trays, and more onboard the spacecraft, as well as storing instrument observations and transferring the data back to Earth via deep space optical communication.  The Psyche Compute Element is comprised of modular electronic cards including the System Interface Assembly, Telecom Interface, Nonvolatile Memory, Power Control Units, and Backplane hardware, and my work included collaboration with the Product Delivery Lead, Cognizant Engineer, systems and packaging engineers, board test team, and manufacturing contractors.