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Development of Waypoint Planning Tool in Response to NASA Field Campaign Challenges
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Author and Affiliation:
He, Matt(Alabama Univ., Huntsville, AL, United States);
Hardin, Danny(Alabama Univ., Huntsville, AL, United States);
Mayer, Paul(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
Blakeslee, Richard(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
Goodman, Michael(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: Airborne real time observations are a major component of NASA 's Earth Science research and satellite ground validation studies. Multiple aircraft are involved in most NASA field campaigns. The coordination of the aircraft with satellite overpasses, other airplanes and the constantly evolving, dynamic weather conditions often determines the success of the campaign. Planning a research aircraft mission within the context of meeting the science objectives is a complex task because it requires real time situational awareness of the weather conditions that affect the aircraft track. A flight planning tools is needed to provide situational awareness information to the mission scientists, and help them plan and modify the flight tracks. Scientists at the University of Alabama ]Huntsville and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed the Waypoint Planning Tool, an interactive software tool that enables scientists to develop their own flight plans (also known as waypoints) with point -and-click mouse capabilities on a digital map filled with real time raster and vector data. The development of this Waypoint Planning Tool demonstrates the significance of mission support in responding to the challenges presented during NASA field campaigns. Analysis during and after each campaign helped identify both issues and new requirements, and initiated the next wave of development. Currently the Waypoint Planning Tool has gone through three rounds of development and analysis processes. The development of this waypoint tool is directly affected by the technology advances on GIS/Mapping technologies. From the standalone Google Earth application and simple KML functionalities, to Google Earth Plugin on web platform, and to the rising open source GIS tools with New Java Script frameworks, the Waypoint Planning Tool has entered its third phase of technology advancement. Adapting new technologies for the Waypoint Planning Tool ensures its success in helping scientist reach their mission objectives.
Publication Date: Jun 26, 2012
Document ID:
20120015279
(Acquired Oct 29, 2012)
Subject Category: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Report/Patent Number: M12-1711
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Earth Science Technology Forum (ESTF2012); 26-27 Jun. 2012; Baltimore, MD; United States
Meeting Sponsor: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: AVIATION METEOROLOGY; COMPUTER PROGRAMS; EARTH SCIENCES; FLIGHT PLANS; GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS; JAVA (PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE); PLANNING; RASTER SCANNING; REAL TIME OPERATION; RESEARCH AIRCRAFT; SITUATIONAL AWARENESS; SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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