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Distributed MCC Assessment Capability

Problem: The Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) must have the capability to support a future Space Shuttle flight rate of 15 flights per year and sustain continuous ISS operations with the existing facilities and human resource levels. Additionally, MOD must prepare for new programs (e.g., Human Lunar Return or a Mars mission).
Solution: The continuation of improvements in data networking and distribution should be inserted into HEDS Enterprise assets. Potential "duty officers" could be home based increasing the situational awareness of on-board activities while allowing off-line, routine preflight planning activities to continue normally. Remote payload control centers will be the norm in the ISS working environment saving travel costs and leaving the Principal Investigators near their research facilities. Use of the internet and other elements of the installed industrial base allows reduced cost of operations.The continued improvements expected in the industrial base capabilities will be exploited over time.
Initial Operation Date: Date: ~ 2000 (under review)(Phase 1)
~ 2001 (under review)(Phase 2)
Technology Goal: Technology to migrate future control center functions (those that can not be migrated to on-board systems) to the office "PC" environment will be pursued. Data networking and distribution technologies allow the use of office or remotely located expert support. Utilization of enhanced human-computer interface software tools and graphics will aid in the monitoring of information instead of raw data. Continued improvements in fault identification and resolution will be pursued along with the automatic sharing of information and spawning of secondary applications.
Goals Supported: 1) Fly Safely
2) Meet the Manifest
3) Improve Supportability
4) Reduce Cost
5) Support HEDS


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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