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STAR V0.6 Release

The Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) team achieved a major milestone on June 5, 2010 with the release of STAR v0.6. This release represents the third major production release of the STAR application with significant functionality for use by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) community.

STAR v0.6 represents the second major step to retiring the antiquated software platform and hardware associated with the Training Administration Management System (TAMS). A key functionality that was successfully retired from TAMS was the ability to produce International Space Station (ISS) Astronaut Crew Training Schedules. This function is now exclusively performed by STAR. As part of this release, ISS Astronaut Crew Training Plans (CTPs) that were previously generated using Microsoft Excel are now developed and maintained by STAR.

TAMS has been MOD’s flagship software application for training, tracking objectives, certifications, and event completions for astronauts, flight controllers, and instructors since the late 1970s. Many attempts have been made in the history of NASA’s human spaceflight program to retire TAMS, but they have all failed for a multitude of reasons. STAR, and more specifically release 0.6, takes a major leap forward towards achieving the goal of retiring TAMS completely, especially the DEC Alphas that host this antiquated software platform. The next subsequent release (0.9), due in the fall of this calendar year, will completely remove MOD’s dependence on these DEC Alphas, which pose a risk to NASA’s Human Spaceflight Training Management capability.

BACKGROUND: STAR is NASA’s next-generation training management system for crew, instructors, and flight controllers. It will replace the existing Training Administration Management System (TAMS), the Flight Operations Curriculum Administration System (FOCAS), and a host of approximately 100 disparate tools with an enterprise system that provides integrated curriculum development and documentation, customized training plans, scheduling of personnel and facilities, training event feedback, and other training resources. All modules are being designed for maximum efficiency and interoperability. In an iterative process, event feedback is also used to help optimize training plans.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: STAR is an MOD-funded effort. STAR is funded for FY10 by the Space Shuttle (SSP) and Constellation (CxP) programs through the Intercenter Task Agreement (ITA) between JSC/MOD and ARC-TI.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Ames: Karen Au, Ilya Avrekh, Lionel Delmo, Tristan Le, Jeffrey Lee, Shu-Chun (Jenessa) Lin, Rommel del Mundo, Quit Nguyen, Samuel Santiago, Mabel Sio, Eric Titolo, Mei Wei, May Windrem, and Wei Zhang.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: AMES - Richard Papasin and Ernest E. Smith; JSC - Aaron Allcorn.

Contact: Richard Papasin

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