Embedding Procedure Assistance into Mission Control Tools

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CA18C
Agency Tracking Number: 084318
Amount: $599,937.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: X1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410 Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216-3586
DUNS: 193786014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Kortenkamp
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 281-7884
Business Contact
 David Kortenkamp
Title: Business Official
Phone: (281) 281-7884
Email: korten@traclabs.com
Research Institution
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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