Development Of An Open-architecture Mission Operations System to Support Multiple Small Spacecraft Missions University of Hawai’i/NASA Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Kennedy Space Center/ Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate
The primary goal of this EPSCoR project is to develop a comprehensive, “open” set of software tools and hardware to support the operations of one or more small spacecraft missions; it can also perform an important role in the design, development, and testing phases of these missions. These tools operate within an “open architecture” named COSMOS (Comprehensive Open-architecture Space Mission Operations Support), a project performed with the collaboration of the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). Other applications for their use have been identified and, in some cases, prototyped. These include lunar missions with monitoring and control of both the lander and rover, and remote monitor and control of space-related facilities - even nonspace applications. COSMOS will particularly be suited for small operations teams with a very limited development and operations budget, such as universities. Since they use an “open architecture,” COSMOS’s major tool components for visualization, support and production and manipulation of its base data program can be adopted for use by future spacecraft missions. The project’s results should benefit NASA’s Space Mission Directorate. HSFL, in partnership with the NASA ARC, will use COSMOS to create a functional mission operations test bed, capable of evaluating evolutionary techniques and technologies. Also, COSMOS is currently being modified in collaboration with the Space Dynamics Laboratory, to support the DICE mission, and with the NASA ARC, to support PhoneSat and other missions. While none have yet been granted, patents for this promising spacecraft “tool kit” will likely have been applied for by year’s end.
Trevor Sorensen, Science PI, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu
Barbara L. Brown, NASA Technical Monitor, Kennedy Space Center
NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15
Published on Dec 14, 2015
NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...