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PLATO Team Receives NASA Honor Award

The Power Planning and Analysis Tool (PLATO) Team has received a NASA Honor Award. NASA Honor Awards are presented to groups and individuals who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency’s mission. The NASA Honor Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in the Teague Auditorium at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

BACKGROUND: The Power Planning and Analysis Tool (PLATO) is a one-of-a-kind power systems analysis tool for the International Space Station (ISS) with eight major power channels. PLATO has been developed to reduce the workload of the ISS flight controllers and analysts who manage the ISS power system. PLATO integrates a large number of tools previously used to calculate power generation (SOLAR/STK), power utilization (SEED), power system state (BSAM/FPDA), and power system schedules (EPLM). PLATO automates the analyses performed by these tools, provides power system visualization and exploration capabilities, and provides power plan storage. Principals from PLATO will be carried forward to future Mars-based space stations. As an inter-center effort, the PLATO project also serves as a role model for large-scale, cross-center development efforts.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Space Operations Mission Directorate

Contact: Michael McCurdy

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