Mission Control Technologies (MCT), a modular, user-composable integrated software environment, has completed integration into the Johnson Space Center JSC) mission control uncertified operations environment. MCT plot and table displays for monitoring the International Space Station (ISS) are now being composed by flight controllers in mission control. Conversion tools to import previous displays are being run to import existing data sets from current applications.
MCT enables software to be assembled from shareable user objects using drag and drop. MCT is targeted as the next-generation integrated toolset for mission control. MCT will begin the mission control certification process in this fiscal year.
BACKGROUND: NASA Ames, in collaboration with JSC, has built a set of frameworks to enable mission operations software systems to be assembled from flexible collections of user-composable components. Components may be assembled and modified by users. By assembling systems from components on a common framework, the traditional “walls” of monolithic applications are eliminated, as are heterogeneous code bases and functional overlap that come with traditional software applications. User composition empowers users to make rapid changes to software within the constraints of organizational policy, without the need for code changes from platform service providers. In turn, platform service providers have the capability to provide certified, yet flexible systems.
For more information, see: Mission Control Technologies.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: JSC MOD
TEAM: Sue Blumenberg, Tom Dayton, Igor Lyandres, Madelyn Quinol, Mark Rose, Nija Shi, Antonio Si, Irene Smith, Peter Tran, Jay Trimble, Alex Voskoboynik, and Chris Webster. Interns: Adam Crume, Benson Hong, and Sylvia Lin. JSC Core Team: Alan Crocker, Kevin Jennings, and Kevin Taylor
Contact: Jay P. Trimble