Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) release 4.2 was successfully deployed for International Space Station (ISS) operations at Johnson Space Center (JSC) on January 24, 2012. This version of OCAMS further enhances the automation of routine work in manipulating files onboard the ISS, enabling the consolidation of the two Mission Control Center (MCC) backroom positions.
OCAMS 4.2 provides a way for customers to interact directly with OCAMS using the Web-based OCAMS Customer Request Editor (CRE), which is integrated with JSC’s Electronic Flight Note (EFN) system. The CRE has a sophisticated user interface for creating and editing requests made to OCAMS. Each request specifies a procedure of file operations to be performed on ISS computers (e.g., upload, run, delete files). The CRE validates the request against templates established for each customer discipline and submits it as a flight note; OCAMS then retrieves, processes, and schedules the request. This release also adds numerous enhancements for automatically reviewing Onboard Short-Term Plan Viewer (OSTPV) updates, sharing information and managing manual actions, optimizing uplinks and downlinks, and operating ISS files.
BACKGROUND: OCAMS is a direct application of the Mobile Agents system developed for NASA’s Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) in 2002-06. Open architecture and interoperability methods have been generalized to fit the multiple network and security protocols within the MCC. This design enables the simultaneous running of OCAMS on multiple OCA clients that interact with the ISS File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program SWRDFSH, which queues requests and reports results to the software agents. OCAMS is the first application of intelligent multi-agent system technology in NASA’s MCC operations. OCAMS has been deployed at JSC since July 2008. OCAMS Release 4.2 is the second incremental release in a series of tool refinements that will continue in FY12.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: OCAMS is funded through an Intercenter Task Agreement between JSC/MOD and the ames Intelligent Systems Division.
ARC/TI TEAM: Sue Blumenberg (SGT Inc.), Bill Clancey (ARC/FIHMC), Mike Scott (Dell Services), Chin Seah (SGT Inc.), and Ron van Hoof (Dell Services)
JSC COLLABORATORS: Claude Tyler Doubrava (MS4/USA), Tim Hall (DO48), James Hart (DD42/Lockheed Martin Corp), Claude Jenkins (DD4/Lockheed Martin Corp), Steve Kirk (DO46/USA), Paul Lansing (FDOC/Lockheed Martin Corp), Erik Madrid (DO48/Lockheed Martin Corp), Jason Mintz (DO46/USA), Dan Owen
Contact: William J. Clancey