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User Defined Operational Picture (UDOP) for Enterprise Ground Satellite Command and Control Systems from Multiple Sources

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TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Space Platforms

OBJECTIVE: Develop a UDOP that brings multiple dissimilar operational systems into a common presentation level, for ease of use and reduction of training for the operators, in addition to a set of guidelines governing the implementation strategy of the UDOP.

DESCRIPTION: In the satellite community, there is a large variety of different ground systems that requires multiple, unique, independent systems that currently serve each individual satellite mission. In addition, all of the operational screens for each satellite mission have very different screen pictures, and command naming nomenclature. As a result, each satellite mission requires specialists for each type of ground system. Operators are required to be trained in detail for each different system before they can perform their duties which results in higher training time and operational costs for satellites.

A commonality is that each of the ground systems has similar commanding options, satellite state of health information, and contact planning and scheduling options. By integrating the different ground systems into one overarching common presentation level for the ground sites, operators can more easily transition from one ground system to the next with minimal training. The goal is to develop a common user interface that allows a user to follow the same general procedures for basic processes. The interface should be accompanied by a standardized guideline for potential new systems to build to. The interface should also establish a standardized method of focusing on individual aspects of the satellite, for example opening a new tab or selecting a data point. These interface definitions should be specific enough to standardize where specific data is found, but should be broad enough to accommodate a wide variety of missions with different payloads and significant telemetry points. This will promote a common chain of reasoning for satellite control to allow simpler transition between operating different missions.

The design of this interface should also include details accessibility and configuration control. Due to the numerous different programs that will use the interface, details must be established such as user permissions and satellite configuration management. Other important points include establishing how asset capability statuses are determined and displayed.

Another large part of this development will be to determine how the interface will access the data it will display. The goal is to create a common user interface, not a common ground system, so the interface should be capable of supporting a vast variety of different ground systems. It should also be able to support not only Trade, Telemetry & Communications (TT&C), but mission planning, data analysis, and any other significant satellite processes or procedures.

PHASE I: Conduct feasibility studies/technical analysis/simulation/proof-of-concept demonstration of the multi mission area UDOP and an outlined of it's associated standardized guideline. To demonstrate the validity of the proposed concept and architecture, a demonstration is highly desirable.

PHASE II: The objective of phase II is to implement the system defined in phase I on a demonstration platform. The developed system should be capable of handling all operational functionality. As one outcome of the effort a detailed analysis of the results which quantifies the time and cost savings is also required.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Transition to the RDT&E Support Complex/Multi Mission Space Operations Center (RSC/MMSOC) platform and then subsequently to the Enterprise Ground Service Framework.

REFERENCES:

  • http://www.amostech.com/TechnicalPapers/2011/SSA/MORTON.pdf
  • http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2015/09/14/dod-prepares-for-overhaul-of-military-ground-systems/

KEYWORDS: UDOP, Satellite Command and Control (C2), ground systems, common presentation level

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