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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) v0.5 Release
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Scheduling, Training Administration, and Records (STAR) v0.5 Release

The STAR team achieved a major milestone on November 13, 2009 with the release of STAR v0.5, which was used the morning of November 16, 2009 with the latest functionality. This release represents a large production release of the STAR application for use by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) community.

STAR v0.5 builds upon STAR 0.4.5, which included several key improvements in the STAR Scheduling module for various integrated simulation enhancements, flight specific simulation planning for Simulation Supervisors and Station Training Leads, one-way synchronization between STAR and Manning Roster/Flight Controller Tool (FCT), providing a “Dual” event category type, and the ability to view and schedule flight controller and instructor group schedules for integrated simulations. As part of this software release, the other major functionality released in STAR 0.5 was the ability to provide informal evaluations for Flight Controller Performance Criteria (FCPC) and Instructor Performance Criteria (IPC). Reporting capabilities for these two segments were also developed and established.

STAR is fully accessible from a web browser (IE7 primarily supported, with some functionality for Firefox) with NASA Active Directory (AD) authentication. Minor enhancements were made also during the STAR 0.5 release to address compatibility of STAR for Firefox, but IE7 is at this time still the preferred browser. Permissions to the application are managed via AD and granted based on various roles.

The first evaluation entered in STAR was brand new functionality as the first electronic Instructor Performance Criteria evaluation and it was input before 8:00 am CST. To date, 33 evaluations have been written. Only one minor bug was uncovered in production, and it was expeditiously researched and remedied by the development team. With the release of version 0.5, STAR provides a very tangible product with hundreds of users across JSC’s Mission Operations Directorate.

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), 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 will be used to help optimize the training plans.

PROGRAM FUNDING: The STAR project is an MOD-funded effort to develop the next-generation training management system for MOD for training of Astronauts, Flight Controllers, and Instructors. It is funded for FY10 by the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) through an Intercenter Task Agreement (ITA) between JSC/MOD and ARC-TI.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Karen Au, Ilya Avrekh, Lionel Delmo, Michael Lam, Tristan Le, Tong Li, Shu-Chun (Jenessa) Lin, Rommel del Mundo, Quit Nguyen, Samuel Santiago, Mabel Sio, Eric Titolo, Phuong Vuong, Mei Wei, May Windrem, Wei Zhang (Ames); Harold (Hal) Brian, Eddie Rogers, William (Bill) Reiter (JSC)

INTEGRATION TEAM: JSC: Theresa Fuesting, Valerie Gordon, Paula Mosis

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: Jeffrey (Jeff) Lee, Richard Papasin (Ames); Victoria (Tori) Palmer, Kathy Rogers (JSC)

Contact: Richard Papasin


STAR will provide integrated curriculum development and documentation, customized training plans, scheduling of personnel and facilities, training event feedback, and other training resources to NASA astronauts, flight controllers, and instructors.

STAR's timeline view will allow instructors and students to view and manipulate events over time.

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