Ground Enterprise Management System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CA06C
Agency Tracking Number: 075225
Amount: $599,483.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: O3.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
6301 Ivy Lane, Suite 720, Greenbelt, MD, 20770-6330
DUNS: 101537046
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Esposito
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 345-1535
 timothy.esposito@emergentspace.com
Business Contact
 Everett Cary
Title: Business Official
Phone: (301) 345-1535
Email: everett.cary@emergentspace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Emergent Space Technologies Inc. proposes to develop the Ground Enterprise Management System (GEMS) for spacecraft ground systems. GEMS will provide situational awareness for distributed ground systems, and an understanding of how events and automated actions impact the system in real-time. Recent software advancements have improved sustainability, extensibility, fault tolerance, and ease of automation for ground systems. These traits are important for NASA's missions, from Exploration to Earth and Space Science, but can pose challenges, especially when the system has a high degree of interoperability and communications between components that isn't visible to the end-user. Operators can quickly become overwhelmed with the increased complexity of software components constantly exchanging data and the volumes of information being passed around behind-the-scenes. In fact, for largely distributed systems, as much "situational awareness" is needed for the ground system as for the spacecraft itself. GEMS will provide a centralized integration framework that is needed to provide operators with transparency into the ground system, its state, and its component interactions. GEMS will enhance plug-and-play integrations while providing information management and system coordination. The innovation that enables GEMS is the development of "data-driven" algorithms and software adapters that gather data from the various components of the ground system to construct a data model that captures the system state, organizes the data, and displays it to the mission operators.

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