To help these collaborators tackle high-stakes issues across disparate geographical areas, they created a project called Ensemble. Dave Mittman, a lead software at JPL, explains that Ensemble is the right approach for this distributed team, but "we needed an infrastructure to let us develop it efficiently." JPL turned to Atlassian products.
Ensemble uses Jira and Confluence to stay on the same page with projects and requirements, as well as Fisheye, Clover, and Bamboo to keep the code clean and fast. What's more, Mittman says these products were suitable for JPL’s advanced purposes right out of the box.
Ensemble’s latest project is a Mars rover named Curiosity that's captured the heart of millions. The rover, which landed on the red planet in August 2012, is an unmanned science lab using rock-evaporating lasers, camera/spectrometer hybrids, and high-definition stereo cameras to investigate whether the surface of Mars could support microbial life (or ever has in the past). Curiosity’s mission will also help scientists understand the radiation environment on Mars in preparation for eventual human missions there, targeted within the next 10 to 15 years.