Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,937.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA18C
Award Id:
90547
Agency Tracking Number:
084318
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 N.E. Loop 410 Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator:
David Kortenkamp
Principal Investigator
(281) 281-7884
korten@traclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Kortenkamp
Business Official
(281) 281-7884
korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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