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Rodent Research Software Project Successfully Sets Up a New Ground Control Facility at E. Virginia Medical School
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Rodent Research Software Project Successfully Sets Up a New Ground Control Facility at E. Virginia Medical School

On September 27th, the Rodent Research Software team successfully deployed and configured the mission support software suite at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), enabling support for the Rodent Research 14 (RR14) mission (to be launched on the Cygnus NG-12 spacecraft). EVMS is a new Animal Care Facility (ACF) that has been added to the existing Kennedy Space Center (KSC) facility. Operated by Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS), it is a fully commercial facility and completely outside of the NASA network boundary. The Rodent Research Software team has collaborated and worked closely with the NGIS technical team to brainstorm, design, and implement the network architecture at EVMS to support all ground control functions for a typical Rodent Research mission. It connects to the Huntsville Operation Support Center (HOSC) at Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC), receiving real-time flight telemetry and video feeds from the International Space Station (ISS), providing operational situation awareness during the mission, and actively controlling environmental conditions in the chambers that house the Rodent Habitats. It provides on-console voice communications with other control centers and the full capability to command the Ground Rodent Habitats locally at EVMS. It will also connect to the Multi-Mission Operation Center (MMOC) network at Ames Research Center (ARC), enabling a mission-support capability at EVMS remotely from the ISS Science Operation Center (ISOC) at Ames.

BACKGROUND: NASA’s Rodent Research projects help answer fundamental questions about human health, both on Earth and in space, using the Ames-developed Rodent Research Hardware System. Making use of the hardware system’s equipment and protocols, scientists can partner with NASA to conduct a variety of experiments in the unique laboratory of the ISS without the need to develop and test a new system for each mission.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: International Space Station Program (ISSP)

TEAM: Mitch Ai-Chang (ARC-QS), Sue Blumenberg (SGT), Tristan Quan Le (Rodent Research Software Lead), Cameron Milne (Logyx), Cedric Priscal (SGT), Yasaman Shirazi (ARC-SCR), and Brian Yu (SGT)

POINT OF CONTACT: Tristan Quan Le, tristan.q.le@nasa.gov

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