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Accession Number N20120015222
Title Simpler ISS Flight Control Communications and Log Keeping via Social Tools and Techniques.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author D. Stevens D. W. Scott H. Cowart
Abstract The heart of flight operations control involves a) communicating effectively in real time with other controllers in the room and/or in remote locations and b) tracking significant events, decisions, and rationale to support the next set of decisions, provide a thorough shift handover, and troubleshoot/improve operations. International Space Station (ISS) flight controllers speak with each other via multiple voice circuits or loops, each with a particular purpose and constituency. Controllers monitor and/or respond to several loops concurrently. The primary tracking tools are console logs, typically kept by a single operator and not visible to others in real-time. Information from telemetry, commanding, and planning systems also plays into decision-making. Email is very secondary/tertiary due to timing and archival considerations. Voice communications and log entries supporting ISS operations have increased by orders of magnitude because the number of control centers, flight crew, and payload operations have grown. This paper explores three developmental ground system concepts under development at Johnson Space Center s (JSC) Mission Control Center Houston (MCC-H) and Marshall Space Flight Center s (MSFC) Payload Operations Integration Center (POIC). These concepts could reduce ISS control center voice traffic and console logging yet increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both. The goal of this paper is to kindle further discussion, exploration, and tool development.
Keywords Computer networks
Computer programs
Data bases
Flight control
Flight operations
Human-computer interface
International space station
Internet resources
Voice communication
World wide web


 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 45 - Communication
51B - Aeronautics
95D - Human Factors Engineering
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, AL. George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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