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STAR Presented to NASA Software of the Year Panel

On June 14th, 2011, the Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) system was presented to the NASA Software of the Year (SOY) panel. The activity was held at the NASA Ames Research Center from June 13-15, with eight NASA centers participating in the activity. Each center’s nominee gave a thirty-minute presentation followed by a twenty-minute question-and-answer session. The SOY panel’s selection for the winner will be announced later this year. The STAR project is a Mission Operations Directorate (MOD)-funded effort to develop the next-generation training management system for MOD training of astronauts, flight controllers, and instructors.

BACKGROUND: The NASA Software of the Year award is a prestigious honor designed to give recognition to developers of exceptional software created for or owned by NASA. The award includes the NASA Software Medal and monetary compensation of up to $100,000 for the software development team. To qualify for nomination, candidate software must have been officially released within the last three years, have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of seven or higher, comply with NASA software development standards and security procedures, and be compliant with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

STAR is NASA’s next-generation training management system for astronauts, flight controllers, and instructors. It will replace the existing Training Administration Management System (TAMS), Flight Operations Curriculum Administration System (FOCAS), and a host of approximately 100 disparate tools with an enterprise system that provides integrated curriculum development and documentation, customized training plans, scheduling of personnel and facilities, training event feedback, and other training resources. All modules are designed for maximum efficiency and interoperability. In an iterative process, event feedback is used to help optimize training plans.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: STAR is funded for FY11 by the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), International Space Station Program (ISSP), and Constellation Program (CxP) through an Intercenter Task Agreement (ITA) between JSC-MOD and ARC-TI.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Ilya Avrekh, Lionel Delmo, Tristan Le, Jeffrey Lee, Shu-Chun (Jenessa) Lin, Quit Nguyen, Samuel Santiago, Hao Thai, Mei Wei, and May Windrem

PRESENTATION DEVELOPMENT: Jeffrey Lee and Greg Orzech

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: Richard Papasin and Ernest E. Smith (Ames); Aaron Allcorn (JSC)

Contact: Richard Papasin

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