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Geometry Calculation Tool (WebGeocalc) Released For Alpha Test
The Planetary Data System (PDS) User-Centered Design team recently concluded an Alpha test period of a new tool for calculation of spacecraft, body geometry, and events, currently called WebGeocalc. The ...
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IRIS Ground Data and Mission Operations Systems Teams Prepare for Launch
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Ground Data Systems (GDS) team successfully verified and validated final release of the IRIS GDS on May 19, in preparation for launch on June ...
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Planetary Data System User-Centered Design Team Demonstrates New Data Preparation Tool
The Planetary Data System (PDS) User-Centered Design team recently conducted a very successful demonstration of a new data preparation tool that is being developed for the PDS community. The LACE ...
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Airborne Science Mission Tools Suite Completes Support Operations for the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) 2013
The Mission Tools Suite (MTS) team completed support operations for the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) 2013 Campaign. This included one check flight and six science flights from 1/19/2012 through ...
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Education Outreach Students Win National Awards
Deepak Kulkarni served as coach to a group of elementary school students participating in a national math problem-solving contest: the Noetic Learning Math Contest. In the Fall 2012 competition, the ...
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Planetary Data Systems 4 Tools Released to Planetary Sciences Community
The Planetary Data Systems (PDS) User-Centered Design team has released the first version of a software library for reading and writing metadata and data products using the PDS4 data standard. ...
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General Electric Begins Work on Cloud Computing for Air Traffic Management
General Electric (GE) has begun work with NASA on Clouding Computing for Air Traffic Management. The overall goal of this collaboration is to explore air traffic management functional allocation schemes ...
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OCAMS Team Receives Award from Space Station Crew and Flight Directors
The International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 31 crew members and Lead Flight Directors have selected the Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) team to receive an award for their contributions ...
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Elements of Mission Control Technologies Software Employed at JPL for the Mars Science Lab Mission
Although the Mission Control Technologies (MCT) user-composable software was not fully developed in time to be implemented for the Mars Science Lab (MSL) mission, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has ...
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Mission Control Technologies Goes Open Source
Mission Control Technologies (MCT) is now Open Source software, available under the Apache 2.0 license. The Open MCT source code is available on Github, at: https://github.com/nasa/mct. More information about Open ...
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OCAMS Release 4.4 Deployed in JSC Mission Control
Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) release 4.4 was successfully deployed for International Space Station (ISS) operations at Johnson Space Center (JSC) on June 12, 2012. This release delivers twenty ...
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OCAMS 4.3 Deployed In JSC Mission Control
Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) release 4.3 was successfully deployed for International Space Station (ISS) operations at Johnson Space Center (JSC) on April 10, 2012. This release further enhances ...
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Bill Clancey Reviews Cognitive Complexity And Error Research Program
Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing, Code TI) served as ad-hoc advisory board member for a review of the “Cognitive Complexity and Error in Critical Care” research program funded by ...
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Mission Control Technologies Certified for ISS Operations
Mission Control Technologies (MCT) was certified for operational use on the International Space Station (ISS) on 3/22/12. MCT may now be used for making real-time operational decisions on the ISS. ...
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Bill Clancey Gives Invited Lecture at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club
Bill Clancey, Chief Scientist for Human-Centered Computing at Code TI, presented an invited lecture titled “Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers,” at The Commonwealth Club of San ...
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Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Passes Engineering Readiness Test 2
The Ground Data System (GDS) for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission passed its second Engineering Readiness Test (ERT2). ERT2 is a significant demonstration of the GDS capability. This ...
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OCAMS Release 4.2 Deployed in JSC Mission Control
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 ...
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Bill Clancey Presents Keynote Lecture at Robotic Mining Workshop in South Africa
Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing, Code TI) presented an invited keynote lecture, “Model-based automation methods relevant to robotic mining,” at the AngloGold Ashanti Innovation Technology Consortium Workshop held in ...
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IRIS Passes Mission Operations Review
The Mission Operations System (MOS) and Ground Data Systems (GDS) team for the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission passed their Mission Operations Review (MOR). The MOR is a major ...
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OCAMS Release 4.1 Deployed in JSC Mission Control
Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) release 4.1 was successfully deployed for International Space Station (ISS) operations at Johnson Space Center (JSC) October 24, 2011. OCAMS 4.1 further enhances the ...
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EXCEDE Proposal Funded for Technology Development
The EXoplanetary Circumstellar Environments and Disk Explorer (EXCEDE) proposal was recently selected for technology development funding under the SMD Explorer program. This funding will provide further development of the instrument ...
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IRIS Ground Data System 2.0 Released
Version 2.0 of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Ground Data System (GDS) passed acceptance testing and was successfully deployed to the operations environment within the Multi-Mission Operations Center (MMOC). ...
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OCAMS 4 Deployed in JSC Mission Control—Automated Uplink and Downlink of ISS Files
The fourth release of the Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) was successfully deployed for International Space Station (ISS) operations at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) on July 28, 2011. ...
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MCT Team Receives JSC Director’s Innovation Award
The Mission Control Technologies (MCT) team has been awarded the Johnson Space Center’s Director’s Innovation Award for their outstanding application of innovative techniques and technologies that improve the safety and ...
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Bill Clancey Lectures at Two Malaysian Institutions
Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing) presented an invited series of ten lectures on “Work Systems Design: Knowledge Representation and Software Engineering Methods” in conjunction with the Malaysian Institute of ...
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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 ...
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CAS Projects Featured at International Conference on Collaboration
At the invitation of the program committee for the 2011 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems held May 23-27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Dr. Rich Keller presented a plenary session ...
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Education Outreach Students Win National Awards
Deepak Kulkarni is serving as coach to a group of elementary school students participating in the national math problem solving contest: U.S. Math Kangaroo Competition. In this year’s competition, five ...
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Airspace Control Paper Accepted for AIAA ATIO Conference
Deepak Kulkarni’s paper on Ground Delay Programs (GDP) to manage air traffic has been accepted for publication in the 11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (ATIO). The paper ...
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Mission Control Technologies (MCT) Utilized by JSC’s Morpheus Lander Project
Mission Control Technologies (MCT), a modular, user-composable integrated software environment, has been used at Johnson Space Center (JSC) to display data for the Morpheus Lander Project. MCT enables software to ...
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STAR Selected as Ames Representative for NASA’s Software of the Year Competition
On May 4, 2011, the Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records System (STAR( was selected as the Ames Research Center nominee for NASA’s Software of the Year (SOY) 2011 competition. This ...
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MIT Press to Publish Book about Scientists’ Experience Using the Mars Exploration Rovers
During the MER mission from 2002-2005, NASA Ames led several Human-Centered Computing projects to facilitate the MER scientists’ work. One project involved ethnographic observation of the science team—documenting the mission ...
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MCT Completes Integration With JSC Mission Control’s Uncertified Operations
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 ...
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STAR v0.9.1 Release
The Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) team achieved an interim software release on March 28, 2011 with the roll-out of STAR v0.9.1. This release represents the fifth major production ...
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OCAMS Release 4 Completes User Acceptance Testing
User acceptance testing for the fourth release of the Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) was completed successfully at Johnson Space Center (JSC) from February 14th - March 4th, 2011. ...
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Bill Clancey Selected as APS Fellow
Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing) has been selected for Fellow status in the Association of Psychological Science (APS) in recognition of his sustained and outstanding contributions to the advancement ...
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Hasso Plattner Institute Workshop Visits Ames
An international group of thirty computer scientists and engineers associated with the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany, and the Center for Design Research (CDR) at Stanford University, toured ...
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Mike Shafto Contributes to Special Section of IEEE Intelligent Systems
IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 25, No. 5, September/October 2010, features a special section titled “AI Space Odyssey” with guest editors Michael G. Shafto (NASA ARC) and Maarten Sierhuis (PARC; Ames ...
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Mission Control Technologies Installed In JSC Mission Control’s Uncertified Operations Area
The Ames Mission Control Technologies (MCT) project successfully completed installation into Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Control Center Uncertified Operations Area. This area provides mission access to MCT for flight ...
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XSearch Development Concludes With Release of Mission Operations Meeting Minutes Search
XSearch v2.7 was successfully released to flight controllers in Mission Control on August 31, 2010. This version incorporates search of mission operations meeting minutes for the International Space Station (ISS) ...
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NASA, JPL, and Private Industry Brainstorm Next Generation Software Architectures for Mission Control
On October 14, 2010, teams from Ames, Johnson Space Center (JSC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and several Silicon Valley companies, including Google, Hewlett Packard, SAP, and MicroSoft, met at ...
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Lunar Analog Science Traverses Experimenting with “Smart Phone” Apps
The NASA Ames Mobile Agents team collaborated with Smithsonian Institution scientists in a series of lava flow surveys near Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, September 19-25, 2010. ...
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Presentation to Leadamerica High School Students About Mars Exploration Rovers
Bill Clancey presented an overview of Mars Exploration Rover science operations to 62 high school students participating in LeadAmerica’s Engineering and Robotics Conference at Stanford University on July 20th, 2010. ...
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Weather-Impacted Sector Occupancy Paper Presented at GNC Conference
Shawn Wolfe and Deepak Kulkarni’s “Predicting Peak Sector Occupancy with Two-Hour Convective Weather Forecasts” paper was presented at the 2010 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference. The paper focuses ...
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Convective Weather Forecast Accuracy Paper Accepted for DASC Conference
Yao Wang and Banavar Sridhar’s “Convective Weather Forecast Accuracy Analysis at Center and Sector Levels” paper has been accepted for publication in the 2010 IEEE/AIAA 29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference ...
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Xsearch Incorporates Search of ISS Investigation And Problem Reports
XSearch v2.6 was successfully released to flight controllers at Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control on April 27, 2010. This version of XSearch incorporates search of International Space Station (ISS) In-flight ...
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Detailed Design for Information Architecture Applications
The detailed design for build 1 of the Information Architecture Applications was reviewed on April 6, 2010, and was unanimously approved by the review board. The set of Information Architecture ...
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Contact 2010 Conference Held at NASA Ames
The annual “Contact: Cultures of the Imagination” conference was held at NASA Ames, March 26-28, 2010, with 70 scientists, artists, and writers attending. Presentations by Ames researchers included overviews of ...
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XSearch Staff Conducts JSC Handover Training
During the week of January 25, 2010, the XSearch project team conducted three days of on-site systems training for JSC contractors who are slated to take over sustaining engineering responsibility ...
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OCAMS System Release 3 Deployed at JSC
The third release of the Orbital Communications Adapter Management System (OCAMS) was installed for International Space Station (ISS) operations on January 22, 2010. This version significantly extends the automation of ...
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Constellation Data Aggregator Completes Initial Release
The Data Aggregator (DAggr) team achieved a major project milestone when it released its initial version to support the System Integration Planning (SIP) team within Constellation for the Program Preliminary ...
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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) v0.5 Release
The STAR team achieved a major milestone on November 13, 2009 with the release of STAR v0.5, which was used the morning of November 16, 2009 with the latest functionality. ...
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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) v0.4.5 Release
The STAR team achieved another milestone on October 5, 2009 with the release of STAR v0.4.5. This release represents a fair-sized production release of the STAR application with enhanced functionality ...
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Patent Issued for InvestigationOrganizer
On September 15, 2009, nearly six years after its submission, U.S. patent #7,590,606 was issued for InvestigationOrganizer, the knowledge management and analysis software used in supporting the Shuttle Columbia accident ...
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“Sociological Considerations” Contributed to Planetary Science Decadal Survey
In September 2009, Bill Clancey and Charlotte Linde submitted a white paper “Sociological Considerations for the Success of Planetary Exploration Missions” as a contribution to the Planetary Science Decadal Survey. ...
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MOD Enterprise Architecture Repository Released
Johnson Space Center (JSC)’s Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) has significantly increased their reliance on the Ames-developed MOD Enterprise Architecture Repository (MODEAR) system, recently released for operational use at JSC. MODEAR ...
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XSearch Incorporates New Interface and Search of ISS Flight Rules
On August 11, 2009 XSearch v2.0 was released to Mission Control Center (MCC) flight controllers. This release represents a major revision of XSearch, coupling the search of a major new ...
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CDE Demonstrated to ISU Satellite Applications Group
Francis Enomoto was invited to demonstrate the Collaborative Decision Environment (CDE) to an International Space University (ISU) class on 8/3/2009 as part of a tour of the Earth Science facilities. ...
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Flight Tracker for CASIE Mission
The Collaborative Decision Environment (CDE) development team supported the Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment (CASIE) mission by a providing a near real-time flight tracking tool so that the mission ...
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IRG Ground Data Systems Support Pavilion Lake Research Project
The Intelligent Systems Division hosted members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX Emergency Response Unit. The EPA visitors were Jan Baxter, Scientist on detail to Ames; Peter Guria, ...
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Maarten Sierhuis Gives Brahms Tutorial at Summer Computer Simulation Conference
On July 16, 2009, Maarten Sierhuis delivered the tutorial Introduction to Brahms: Modeling, Simulation and Development of Multi-Agent System at the Summer Computer Simulation Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Brahms is ...
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Maarten Sierhuis Gives Keynote Address at IJCAI 2009 COIN Workshop
On July 11, 2009, Maarten Sierhuis delivered a keynote address at the Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN) workshop at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence ...
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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) V0.4 Release
The Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) team achieved a major milestone on July 7, 2009 with the release of STAR v0.4. This release represents one of the first major ...
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NASA Bluesky Meeting “Toward a Sustainable Lunar Architecture”
Bill Clancey participated in an Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Bluesky workshop held May 28-29 at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (Pensacola, FL) as part of a series ...
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STAR v0.3 Release
The Scheduling, Training, Administration, and Records (STAR) team achieved a major milestone last week with the release of STAR v0.3. This release represents the third iterative release of the STAR ...
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STAR Project Presents to the Mission Operations Directorate Control Board
On April 22, 2009, the Scheduling, Training, Administration, and Records (STAR) project team presented a high-level view of the STAR project schedule to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Missions Operations ...
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MCT Developers Workshop at JSC
The first Mission Control Technologies (MCT) developers workshop was held at Johnson Space Center (JSC) for developers from the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD). MCT is a software technology that enables ...
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OCAMS Rule Editor Used to Implement Change in Mission Operations Requirement
On April 2, 2009, OCAMS Release 2 (R2) was deployed for JSC mission control backroom operations involving file transfer between ground support and the crew of the International Space Station. ...
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Collaborative Traffic Flow Management Publication
“A Multi-Agent Simulation of Collaborative Air Traffic Flow Management,” by Shawn R. Wolfe, Peter A. Jarvis, Francis Y. Enomoto, Maarten Sierhuis, Bart-Jan van Putten, and Kapil S. Sheth, has been ...
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PMT Team Receives NASA Agency Honor Award
The Ames Program Management Tool (PMT) Team and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Dashboard Team received the Agency Honor Award for their joint group achievement in providing NASA with an ...
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Designing for Cognitive Task Performance Book Chapter Published
“Designing for Cognitive Task Performance,” by Judith M. Orasanu (Human Systems Integration Divison) and Michael G. Shafto (Intelligent Systems Division), has been published as Chapter 17 (pp. 691-721) of the ...
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OCAMS System Release 2.0 Deployed in JSC Mission Control
The second release of the Orbital Communications Adapter Monitoring System (OCAMS) was installed for International Space Station (ISS) operations on April 2, 2009. This version significantly extends the automation of ...
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XSearch Incorporates Detection Of ISS Inventory Records
On March 31, 2009, XSearch v1.6 was released to Mission Control Center (MCC) flight controllers. This release extends the system’s cross-reference detection capability to identify citations to International Space Station ...
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XSearch Nominated for 2009 JSC Software Awards
The XSearch system was nominated for consideration as part of Johnson Space Center (JSC)’s 2009 Software Awards process. The nomination was submitted in response to a JSC-wide call for software ...
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Planetary Data System Tools Web Site Rollout
The Planetary Data System (PDS) Tools web site has gone into live beta test phase. Designed, developed, and hosted at NASA Ames, this site provides hosted cross-platform web-based tools to ...
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Planetary Data System Image Search Site Rollout
The Planetary Data System (PDS) Image Search Site, developed in collaboration with Google has gone live at http://alderaan.arc.nasa.gov/pdsimages This site provides, for the first time, the capability to search selected ...
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NASA Bluesky Meeting “Refining the Vision of the Lunar Electric Rover”
On March 2-4, 2009, Bill Clancey and Terry Fong participated in an Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Bluesky workshop at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), part of a series of ...
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OCAMS Release 2 Testing at Ames
The week of November 3, the OCAMS team performed an integration test at NASA Ames for Release 2 of the OCAMS agent system. Release 2 is scheduled to be installed ...
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Planetary Data System Home Page Goes Live
The Planetary Data System (PDS) homepage has an all-new design, the purpose of which is to make the PDS data and tools more readily available to the existing users, as ...
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Deloitte Fast 50 Delegation Visit
On November 2, 2008, a select group of ten CEOs from companies in The Netherlands, on the list of this year’s Deloitte’s Fast 50, visited the Ames Intelligent Systems Division. ...
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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records Release
The Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) team achieved a major milestone in November with the release of STAR v0.2. This release contains functional capabilities such as being able to ...
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XSearch Incorporates PVCS Change Management Record Search
On November 4, 2008, XSearch v1.5 was released to Mission Control Center (MCC) flight controllers. This release adds four new sets of records that can be searched in a consolidated ...
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Historical Review of Situated Cognition Published
An introductory review chapter, “The Scientific Antecedents of Situated Cognition,” by Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing) has appeared in the Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition. The article explains how ...
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Divers Use Mobile Agents to Develop Operational Procedures for Lunar Missions
The NASA Ames Mobile Agents team collaborated with Smithsonian Institution scientists in a series of underwater extravehicular activities (EVAs) at the Smithsonian Institution’s Carrie Bow Cay Field Station in Belize ...
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XSearch Support for Hubble Repair Mission
On September 30, 2008, XSearch v1.1 was released to Mission Control Center (MCC) flight controllers at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in anticipation of STS-125, the Hubble repair mission. This release ...
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Synergies in Exploration Studies and Technology Development
Bill Clancey (Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Systems Division), made a one-hour presentation at NASA Headquarters on October 8, 2008 titled “Enabling Field Science: Synergies in Exploration Studies and Technology ...
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Mobile Agents Used by Geologists in Volcanic Setting
The Mobile Agents team supported a series of simulated lunar mission EVAs on the Kilauea, HI volcanic shield in August 2008. Two experiments replicated Apollo 12 EVA #2 in the ...
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Planetary Data System Redesign
The redesign of the primary web site of the Planetary Data System (PDS) was deployed on August 8, 2008, in preparation for public beta test starting August 15. This is ...
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STAR Team Implements New Automated Build Capability
The Ames Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) development team researched, architected, and implemented an automated build capability to allow for the STAR source code to be checked out and ...
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OCAMS System Deployed in Mission Control at JSC
After a successful two-week operations testing phase in Johnson Space Center’s International Space Station (ISS) Mission Control, the Orbital Communications Adapter Monitoring System (OCAMS) began “live” operations on July 8, ...
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XSearch System Successfully Deployed Into MCC Operations
The second and final phase of XSearch deployment was completed successfully on July 22, 2008 when the system went live as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Control ...
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