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Charles Hacskaylo Holds 'VISTA' Mission Control Technologies Software Training for Mars 2020 Rover Mission Team Members
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Charles Hacskaylo Holds 'VISTA' Mission Control Technologies Software Training for Mars 2020 Rover Mission Team Members

Charles Hacskaylo of the Ground and Flight Data Systems group performed a demonstration and training session of the VISualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) mission control technologies software for members of the Mars 2020 Rover Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Charles gave a comprehensive grounding in the application’s approach and concepts, highlighted key features and capabilities, and gave a detailed walkthrough of the composition capabilities of VISTA, which allows users to build their own displays without programming. Finally, he led a hands-on training session where team members were assisted in building mission data displays.

VISTA is multi-mission visualization software providing web-based access to mission data. VISTA enables users to assemble mission control panel visualizations from multiple data sources into integrated, shareable displays. VISTA is built on the Open MCT platform.

BACKGROUND: 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. Open MCT is also the underlying platform for Ames Research Center’s Web Applications for Resource Prospector (WARP) application that will be used for situational awareness at multiple NASA centers for the Resource Prospector (RP) lunar mission — the first mining expedition on another world.

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: The VISualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) software is funded by the Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System (AMMOS); the Open Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT) platform is co-funded by AMMOS and the Resource Prospector (RP) project, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program

TEAM: Charles Hacskaylo, Andrew Henry, Pete Richards (Lead Developer), Pegah Sarram, Mark Shirley, Deep Tailor, Jay Trimble, and Victor Woeltjen


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