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Web Based Tool for Mission Operations Scenarios
External Online Source: hdl:2014/45382
Author and Affiliation:
Boyles, Carole A.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bindschadler, Duane L.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States)
Abstract: A conventional practice for spaceflight projects is to document scenarios in a monolithic Operations Concept document. Such documents can be hundreds of pages long and may require laborious updates. Software development practice utilizes scenarios in the form of smaller, individual use cases, which are often structured and managed using UML. We have developed a process and a web-based scenario tool that utilizes a similar philosophy of smaller, more compact scenarios (but avoids the formality of UML). The need for a scenario process and tool became apparent during the authors' work on a large astrophysics mission. It was noted that every phase of the Mission (e.g., formulation, design, verification and validation, and operations) looked back to scenarios to assess completeness of requirements and design. It was also noted that terminology needed to be clarified and structured to assure communication across all levels of the project. Attempts to manage, communicate, and evolve scenarios at all levels of a project using conventional tools (e.g., Excel) and methods (Scenario Working Group meetings) were not effective given limitations on budget and staffing. The objective of this paper is to document the scenario process and tool created to offer projects a low-cost capability to create, communicate, manage, and evolve scenarios throughout project development. The process and tool have the further benefit of allowing the association of requirements with particular scenarios, establishing and viewing relationships between higher- and lower-level scenarios, and the ability to place all scenarios in a shared context. The resulting structured set of scenarios is widely visible (using a web browser), easily updated, and can be searched according to various criteria including the level (e.g., Project, System, and Team) and Mission Phase. Scenarios are maintained in a web-accessible environment that provides a structured set of scenario fields and allows for maximum visibility across the project. One key aspect is that the tool was built for a scenario process that accounts for stakeholder input, review, comment, and concurrence. By creating well-designed opportunities for stakeholder input and concurrence and by making the scenario content easily accessible to all project personnel, we maximize the opportunities for stakeholders to both understand and agree on the concepts for how their mission is to be carried out.
Publication Date: May 12, 2008
Document ID:
20150014751
(Acquired Aug 04, 2015)
Subject Category: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: SpaceOps 2008; 12-16 May 2008; Heidelberg; Germany
Meeting Sponsor: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Reston, VA, United States
Financial Sponsor: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 9p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: SPACE FLIGHT; MISSION PLANNING; WEB SERVICES; REQUIREMENTS; GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; COMMUNICATION
Availability Source: Other Sources
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