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Using Wearable Computers in Shuttle Processing: A Feasibility StudyShuttle processing operations are performed following prescribed instructions compiled in a Work Authorization Document (WAD). Until very recently, WADs were printed so that they could be properly executed, including the buy off of each and every step by the appropriate authorizing agent. However, with the development of EPICs, Maximo, and PeopleSoft applications, some of these documents are now available in electronic format; hence, it is possible for technicians and engineers to access them on line and buy off the steps electronically. To take full advantage of these developments, technicians need access to such documents at the point of job execution. Body wearable computers present an opportunity to develop a WAD delivery system that enables access while preserving technician's mobility, safety levels, and quality of work done. The primary objectives of this project were to determine if body wearable computers are a feasible delivery system for WADs. More specifically, identify and recommend specific brands of body wearable computers readily available on the market. Thus, this effort has field-tested this technology in two areas of shuttle processing, and it has examined the usability of the technology. Results of two field tests and a Human Factors Usability Test are presented. Section 2 provides a description of the body wearable computer technology. Section 3 presents the test at the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Shop. Section 4 presents the results of the integration test at the Solid Rocket Boosters Assembly and Refurbishing Facility (SRBARF). Section 5 presents the results of the usability test done at the Operations Support Building (OSB).
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Centeno, Martha A.
(Florida International Univ. Miami, FL United States)
Correa, Daisy
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Groh-Hammond, Marcia
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2001
Publication Information
Publication: NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
Subject Category
Computer Operations And Hardware
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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