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VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software v3.5 Delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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VISTA Mission Control Technologies Software v3.5 Delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The VISualization for Telemetry Analysis (VISTA) software Release 3.5 was delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for testing and integration. The primary customer for this update is the Mars 2020 rover testbed. Version 3.5 includes improved summary widgets that allow users to summarize the status of the multiple telemetry channels. It also includes improvements to the Historical Session Selector user interface to allow users to view metadata about the session.

For Mars 2020, VISTA provides web-based telemetry access, with the capability to compose displays in layouts. VISTA is built upon the Open (Source) Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT) platform, which provides users with data integration, display, and the capability to assemble data visualizations from multiple data sources into an integrated display layout using drag-and-drop composition.

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 has also been the underlying platform for Ames Research Center’s Web Applications for Resource Prospector (WARP) application, which would have been used for situational awareness at multiple NASA centers for the Resource Prospector (RP) lunar 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.

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 NASA Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program.

OPEN MCT TEAM: Charles Hacskaylo, Andrew Henry, Pete Richards, Pegah Sarram, Deep Tailor, and Jay Trimble,


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