Adaptation of a software development methodology to the implementation of a large-scale data acquisition and control systemA progress report is presented on a program to upgrade the existing NASA Deep Space Network in terms of a redesigned computer-controlled data acquisition system for channelling tracking, telemetry, and command data between a California-based control center and three signal processing centers in Australia, California, and Spain. The methodology for the improvements is oriented towards single subsystem development with consideration for a multi-system and multi-subsystem network of operational software. Details of the existing hardware configurations and data transmission links are provided. The program methodology includes data flow design, interface design and coordination, incremental capability availability, increased inter-subsystem developmental synthesis and testing, system and network level synthesis and testing, and system verification and validation. The software has been implemented thus far to a 65 percent completion level, and the methodology being used to effect the changes, which will permit enhanced tracking and communication with spacecraft, has been concluded to feature effective techniques.
Madrid, G. A. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Westmoreland, P. T. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Telecommunications and Data Acquisition Engineering, Pasadena CA, United States)