Adam Diedrich Steltzner (born 1963) is an American NASA engineer who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He worked on several flight projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). He was the lead engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory's EDL phase (Entry, Descent and Landing), and helped design, build and test the sky crane landing system.
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- If you come up with a big new idea in our world and everyone says "Hey, that's great, definitely go ahead with that," then you know it's not a big new idea at all. Anything really new brings out all the reasons why it can't possibly work, and why it's crazy to even think about it.
- Exploring is fundamentally human; we've done it for thousands of years. It's an expression of something that's the best in us.
- Marc Kaufman. Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission. National Geographic page 18. ISBN 978-1-4262-1278-9.
- ...the general problem has received little attention and there is an opportunity for a meaningful contribution to the field.
- On the solution to input force estimation in his thesis; "Input Force Estimation, Inverse Structural Systems and the Inverse Structural Filter (1999)