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Implementing Strategic Planning Capabilities Within the Mars Relay Operations ServiceSince the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, began their travels across the Martian surface in January of 2004, orbiting spacecraft such as the Mars 2001 Odyssey orbiter have relayed the majority of their collected scientific and operational data to and from Earth. From the beginning of those missions, it was evident that using orbiters to relay data to and from the surface of Mars was a vastly more efficient communications strategy in terms of power consumption and bandwidth compared to direct-to-Earth means. However, the coordination between the various spacecraft, which are largely managed independently and on differing commanding timelines, has always proven to be a challenge. Until recently, the ground operators of all these spacecraft have coordinated the movement of data through this network using a collection of ad hoc human interfaces and various, independent software tools. The Mars Relay Operations Service (MaROS) has been developed to manage the evolving needs of the Mars relay network, and specifically to standardize and integrate the relay planning and coordination data into a centralized infrastructure. This paper explores the journey of developing the MaROS system, from inception to delivery and acceptance by the Mars mission users.
Document ID
20120009851
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Hy, Franklin (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Gladden, Roy (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Allard, Dan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wallick, Michael (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
March 30, 2011
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command and Tracking
Meeting Information
AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference(Saint Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
tactical planning
forward link command
Mars missions