2013 Winner Profile

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Project Description:
The IT department at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in close collaboration with the Mars Science Laboratory, used a variety of technologies to help NASA successfully land Curiosity, a two-ton rover, on Mars and tell the story in real-time to a huge worldwide audience. JPL used Amazon's Web Service cloud computing service to provide virtually unlimited computing and storage resources to meet the huge demand for video streaming and Web-content delivery. JPL also provided "cell on wheels" mobile cellphone service and enhanced Wi-Fi coverage to handle the increase in on-site visitors, and mini call centers to accommodate the incoming calls. Additionally, the lab developed numerous mobile apps, including games, to engage and educate the public about Mars.
Project type:
Cloud Computing Services or Software as a Service (SaaS), Collaboration Tools, Mobile or Wireless
Business Functions:
Research & Development, Customer Service or Support
Business Goal:
Operational Impact
James Rinaldi, CIO
Charles Elachi , Laboratory Director
Pasadena, Calif.
Aerospace or Defense Contractor
Revenue (2012):
$1.6 billion
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