Concept of Operations Storyboarding Tool

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$542,226.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ07JA21C
Agency Tracking Number:
054794
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
S&K Technologies, Inc.
56 Old Highway 93 North, Box 339, St. Ignatius, MT, 59865-0339
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082598447
Principal Investigator:
Carroll Thronesbery
Principal Investigator
(281) 480-1453
carroll.g.thronesbery@nasa.gov
Business Contact:
Arthur Molin
Program Manager
(281) 636-5592
amolin@sktcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a storyboard tool to assist with the generation, verification, and refinement of storyboard information and its subsequent translation into model data for systems analysis and design tools. The most important contribution is an improved communication of the concept of operation between prospective customers and system developers. It addresses the difficulty of communicating highly technical information among specialized engineering groups so that the concept of operations illustrated by the storyboard accommodates the consideration of context of use, user task performance, and effective application of new technologies. This difficulty is especially pronounced when the user's tasks are unusual (space operations) and the technology to support the task is novel (autonomous software with which humans interact and monitor). Communication is enhanced by focusing on the common language of storyboard sketches and related categories of information describing them. The storyboard tool will help authors manage versions of storyboards to track alternate approaches for human task support and to maintain libraries of storyboards from previous systems. After assisting with the creation of storyboards and refining them in concurrent engineering sessions, the tool will assist in translating the storyboard information into data forms importable by analysis tools used by NASA systems engineers.

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