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Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CA18C
Award Amount: $599,937.00


Procedures are the accepted means of commanding spacecraft. Procedures encode the operational knowledge of a system as derived from system experts, testing, training and experience. In current Space Shuttle and ISS operations procedures are displayed using applications separate from the applications used to display commands and telemetry. This means that procedures cannot interact with commands and telemetry to help an operator's situation awareness. This leads to slower procedure performance and greater opportunity for errors. TRACLabs is building on existing NASA Constellation program technology to combine procedures, commanding and telemetry into a single, consistent framework in which to operate space vehicles. Instead of viewing procedures in static displays, flight controllers will have interactive, reconfigurable procedure displays and assistants that can be tailored for specific situations. The displays will have different views tailored to specific operations, including browsing, assigning, editing, executing and monitoring procedures. A procedure executive automates some procedure execution and provides procedure assistance. Automation is always under the control of the flight controller via level of automation feature. Each step or instruction of a procedure can be labeled as manual, automated or consent. This will increase the efficiency of procedure performance and reduce procedure errors.

Principal Investigator:

David Kortenkamp
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Traclabs, Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No