Rover Field Support & Maintenance

Name: Martin Garland
Role: Rover Field Support & Maintenance

What does your role in the team involve?

My main responsibility will be looking after Bridget during the trials, fixing her when she breaks and ensuring she remains 100% operational. There will be a large variety of sensors, cameras and devices onboard Bridget. How these interface with the rover is also under my responsibility. Throughout the trial I will be out in the field, local to the rover, getting my hands dirty and communicating back with Andy in the field command centre.

What other projects are you involved with?

At Astrium I work in the mechanisms department, where we design, manufacture and test a wide variety of spacecraft mechanisms, such as the first European lightweight robotic arm which flew on the Beagle 2 Mars Lander mission in 2003. I am currently involved in a number of R&D robotic related projects and often provide technical support for future mission system studies.

What interested you in working in the space sector ?

I have a real passion for building things in particular, robotics and anything electro-mechanical. At home I often work on my own projects and have a very hands-on approach. Space offers some of the greatest design and engineering challenges. I get a kick knowing stuff I design and help build and test then goes into in space.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in Space?

If you are enthusiastic about aerospace and engineering then don’t be afraid to show it, go the extra mile, show passion in the extra activities you do outside of university as after basic qualifications, enthusiasm / motivation is next what companies look for.