Day 3 as a NASA JPL intern
Today was a hugeeeee learning day. I started the day by finishing the leftover cybersecurity training I had which took about 2 hours. Like I said, JPL training is super fun and interactive because of it’s interface so it wasn’t too bad. I decided to focus on reviewing the Systems Integration Review or SIR slide deck that was on the Psyche wiki page. Basically, an SIR is conducted at the end of the final design phase before a spacecraft goes into ATLO. The name itself is pretty self explanatory for it just makes sure that the system is ready for integration. It answers the question of “Are we ready to assemble and integrate this spacecraft?” and by the end of the slide deck, the answer was yes. But I didn’t confirm that until I took about 5+ pages worth of notes. I think one of my biggest skills but also flaws is that I really want to understand something so I will take so long reading through documentation, defining every acronym and word that I don’t know. The downside is that it can take me forever but the upside is that I am able to translate something that might be so technical into something a little more consumable. By the end of the internship, I basically want to have a “Psyche Avionics for dummies” guide. I ended up having two meetings today. One led by the section staff assistant of my org who walked us through timekeeping stuff. The second one was exciting because it was with the software engineer student working on the tools that I’ll be working on who was also Filipino! One thing that I absolutely adore about my team is its diversity. Both my manager and my team lead are people of color and it’s quite refreshing. I’m a little more confident entering this internship because of the knowledge I gained last summer ( shoutout to my amazing team from Lockheed Martin Space) but still kinda terrified because I feel like I don’t have all the knowledge I need yet especially because I’ll be working with Python which I havent had much experience with this past semester. But I know I’ll work hard regardless.
Here’s some links to a couple of awesome videos I watched today about Psyche:
Also just a random note. Requirements are so important and thank god for my requirements engineering class that I took last semester because I just feel like I’m able to understand things more because of what I learned in that class. I can’t go into much details about why but I will in a future blog post. Good night ❤