(Science) Fiction And Design – “Work on Mars from your office.” It sounds like science fiction, but it’s our job to make it happen at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
At JPL, we tackle difficult, new problems all the time. Our work is often inspired by science fiction, but we must navigate the path from fiction to reality, and have high confidence in the results.
The design challenges are substantial, but not unique. Many designers face the same questions: How do we know that we’re building the right thing? How can we have concrete, motivating goals before we know exactly what we’re making? How can we move reliably towards success without predicting the future?
I’ll give a behind the scenes look at mission operations for Curiosity and talk about the development of OnSight, our immersive, augmented reality tool for Mars exploration, developed in collaboration with Microsoft for their HoloLens holographic computing platform.