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Jay Trimble Gives Three Talks Covering Software Design, Development, and Mapping for Space Operations
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Jay Trimble Gives Three Talks Covering Software Design, Development, and Mapping for Space Operations

Jay Trimble gave two invited talks at the Frontiers Conference in Milan, Italy, and participated, by invitation, in the workshop “Launching Agile: Maximizing Development Resources in the Space Domain” at the Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology Conference in Madrid, Spain. The first talk, “Designing for Humans and Machines on Earth and in Space”, covered basic concepts in space operations for human and robotic spaceflight, then discussed design problems and methods, including participatory design and design sprints, for display design, voice loops, and distributed mission operations. Open source community and licensing for mission operations software were also discussed. The second talk, for a focus group on mapping methods, covered basic concepts of the NASA mission control domain, then gave examples of maps for mission operations, including orbital ground tracks, Mars rover traverses, and maps of Lunar surface characteristics.

In the workshop for the Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology Conference, Jay presented “Agile: From Software to Mission System.” The talk covered user-centered agile methods developed at NASA Ames and tailored for the space mission domain, then moved to the application and tailoring of agile design and development methods for space mission systems, including the mission operations and ground data systems.

BACKGROUND: The Frontiers Conference is designed to provide a unique experiential platform to learn, exchange, and get inspired on the topics of digital disruption and technologies in design, health, Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, 5G, industries 4.0, software, and communication. As with all Frontiers conferences, experience is king, with a variety of hands-on workshops, immersive sessions, and thought-provoking keynote speeches. This is the conference to meet thinkers of the whole future horizon.

The Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology Conference focuses on current Information Technology (IT) practice and challenges, as well as emerging information technologies with applicability for future space missions. IT in all aspects of the space mission is explored, including flight systems, relevant ground systems, science data processing, engineering and development tools, operations, and telecommunications. The entire IT lifecycle of mission development is also be covered, such as conceptual design, engineering tools development, integration and testing, operations, science analysis, and quality control.

POINT OF CONTACT: Jay Trimble, jay.p.trimble@nasa.gov

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