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VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software Delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory For Use in the Mars 2020 Testbed
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VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software Delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory For Use in the Mars 2020 Testbed

The ViSualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) software, which utilizes the Open Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT) software platform, has been delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for use in the Mars 2020 (M2020) testbed. VISTA will provide M2020 with a web-based capability for telemetry and monitoring in the testbed. M2020 will also evaluate VISTA’s capability for display composition and building dashboards.

JPL has also received VISTA for use on the Jason-3 mission, which takes ocean surface topography measurements. Jason-3 is currently using VISTA in “shadow mode”. This is an operational proving ground where the software is operational on the mission and is used in conjunction with the primary telemetry and monitoring system. VISTA utilizes plug-ins to tailor Open MCT to the JPL mission environment. With VISTA, Jason-3 users are able to compose their own displays for telemetry and monitoring.

BACKGROUND: The Open (Source) Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT) platform, the basis for the ViSualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) software at JPL, 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, which will be used for situational awareness at multiple NASA centers for the Resource Prospector (RP) mission.

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.

Jason-3 is an international Earth observation satellite mission that continues ocean topography measurements begun in 1992 by the TOPography EXperiment (TOPEX)/Poseidon mission, and followed by Jason-1 (launched in 2001) and Jason-2 (launched in 2008). Resource Prospector (RP) aims to be the first mining expedition on another world.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: The ViSualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) software tool 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.

TEAM: Charles Hacskaylo, Pete Richards, Mark Shirley, Jay Trimble, and Victor Woeltjen

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

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