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Collaborative Life Sciences Repository Team Receives Space Flight Awareness Award
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Collaborative Life Sciences Repository Team Receives Space Flight Awareness Award

The Collaborative Life Sciences Repository (CLSR) team between the Intelligent Systems Division and the Flight Systems Implementation Branch (Code SCF) received a Space Flight Awareness Award, November 10, 2016. The Award is in recognition of an excellent contribution to NASA’s Human Spaceflight Programs.

BACKGROUND: The Life Sciences Collaborative Repository team developed a cloud-based solution for remotely and securely viewing animal health-check videos and engineering data. The team consisted of personnel between Codes TI and SCF working within the Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA), Ames Research Center International Space Station (ISS) Operations Center, Rodent Research Flight Operations, and Agency Chief Information Office (CIO) Web Services teams. The cloud-based solution significantly increased operations time/decision-making efficiencies and resulted in financial savings to NASA Space Flight Programs.

In the old design, videos and data were stored on site at Ames and could not be viewed remotely due to security/privacy requirements. Relocating these items into a secure cloud environment enabled (1) Agency veterinary staff real-time and near real-time access to animal health checks, (2) Principal Investigator (PI)/Scientist remote access that enabled real-time collaboration for timely science analysis and decision making, and (3) all parties to work effectively without the previous travel requirements.

Developing operations based on the Collaborative Life Sciences Repository (CLSR) cloud enabled rapid remote access by veterinary and PI staff to monitor animal health and behavior. This resulted in a $50K reduction of staff overtime per mission and a $30K savings in travel expenses for PI and veterinary staff per mission. The CLSR also (1) allows crew members to directly access training videos rather than waiting for a compact disc to be shipped to them, (2) provides a secure way to share data with National Lab customers, and (3) provides unity and ease of access now and in the future. CLSR provides a much more cost-effective solution to store data rather than having to buy servers and storage to maintain it all at a Center. This is expected to save approximately $35K per year in storage and server costs.

The CLSR teams developed the code to allow real-time operations data to be easily transferred to the cloud; testing was performed to ensure stakeholders outside the NASA domain could securely access the data when needed. Final implementation on the Rodent Research 2 flight took long hours, hard work, and dedication. CLSR is proving to provide other payloads with cost savings and improved collaboration. Other Centers have noted the success of CLSR and are now working on the same model of a cloud-based system for their operations that Ames has now successfully demonstrated.

TEAM: CODE TI: Sue Blumenberg, Helen Stewart, Ian Sturgeon, and Brian Yu; CODE SCF: Anthony Chan, Alison French, Dorothy Leung, Nancy Rustemeyer, and Alan Wood

POINT OF CONTACT: Helen Stewart, helen.j.stewart@nasa.gov

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