On September 15, 2009, nearly six years after its submission, U.S. patent #7,590,606 was issued for InvestigationOrganizer, the knowledge management and analysis software used in supporting the Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. The title of the patent is “Multi-user Investigation Organizer” and the co-inventors are Rich Keller, Tina Panontin, Robert Carvalho, Ian Sturken, James Williams, Shawn Wolfe, and Yuri Gawdiak.
BACKGROUND: InvestigationOrganizer (IO) is a Web-based application that provides information storage, management, and analysis capabilities to distributed teams of engineers conducting NASA mishap investigations. It was used in several prominent NASA investigations, most notably the Columbia, CONTOUR, and Helios accidents. The software was licensed to Xerox Corp. under a Space Act Agreement in 2004 and underwent additional development. A beta commercial version of IO was built on top of the NX platform, but was never brought to market. The original system is still running on Intelligent Systems Division servers, but has not been actively used to support investigations since the end of the Columbia investigation.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Engineering for Complex Systems Program
IO TEAM: Rich Keller, Tina Panontin, Robert Carvalho, Ian Sturken, James Williams, Shawn Wolfe, and Yuri Gawdiak (HQ)
Contact: Rich Keller