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Mars 2020 Rover Team Using VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software
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Mars 2020 Rover Team Using VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software

The VISualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) tool was used successfully by the Mars 2020 Rover team for web-based telemetry monitoring at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and at partner institutions, during the instrument portions of thermal vacuum functional tests. For Mars 2020, VISTA provides web-based telemetry access, with the capability to compose displays in layouts.

BACKGROUND: VISTA is built upon the Open (Source) Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT) platform, which provides users with data integration, display, and the capability to assemble data visualizations from multiple data sources into an integrated display layout, without the need for programming, using drag-and-drop composition. This gives users operational flexibility, as well as access to data anywhere. VISTA was delivered to the Advanced Multi-mission Operations System for multi-mission use.

The Open MCT platform is a next-generation mission control framework for visualization of mission data on desktop and mobile devices. Developed at NASA's Ames Research Center in collaboration with JPL, Open MCT is being used by NASA for data analysis of spacecraft missions.

The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. The mission also provides opportunities to gather knowledge and demonstrate technologies that address the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars. These include testing a method for producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, identifying other resources (such as subsurface water), improving landing techniques, and characterizing weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System (AMMOS)

TEAM: Charles Hacskaylo, Andrew Henry, Pegah Sarram, and Deep Tailor


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