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Jay Trimble Gives Keynote Talk on Returning to the Moon at the Space Mission Challenges for IT Conference
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Jay Trimble Gives Keynote Talk on Returning to the Moon at the Space Mission Challenges for IT Conference

Jay Trimble gave a keynote talk at the Space Mission Challenges for Informational Technology Conference (SMC-IT 2019) at the California Institute of Technology on July 31st. The talk, “Return to the Moon 2024: HAL and the HLS,” began with the plan for a Human Landing System (HLS) to take astronauts from the deep space Gateway (Lunar Orbital Platform) to the lunar surface, support them on the Moon for 6.5 days, and then return them to the Gateway for a trip back to Earth, covering the NASA reference vehicle architecture and operational scenario. The second part of the talk covered issues in autonomy and automation for the HLS, comparing our traditional operational methods using procedures, flight rules, and activity plans to potential automated and autonomous operations. Jay also discussed new ways of working with industry, including Commercial Lunar Payloads (CLPS) and the HLS industry call for proposals.

BACKGROUND: Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the Technical Committee on Software Engineering, the International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) has gathered system and software engineers, scientists, and other practitioners with the objective of advancing Information Technology (IT) for space missions since 2003. The 2019 conference is held in conjunction with the 2019 Space Computing Conference.

As IT has progressively grown in importance to space exploration efforts and vice versa, it often becomes a major driver for what can be accomplished in space, as well as frequently dominating costs and schedules of space missions. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for technical interchange for all aspects of IT used for space missions.


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