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Smashing the Stovepipe: Leveraging the GMSEC Open Architecture and Advanced IT Automation to Rapidly Prototype, Develop and Deploy Next-Generation Multi-Mission Ground Systems
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Author and Affiliation:
Swenson, Paul(ASRC Aerospace Corp., Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: Satellite/Payload Ground Systems - Typically highly-customized to a specific mission's use cases - Utilize hundreds (or thousands!) of specialized point-to-point interfaces for data flows / file transfers Documentation and tracking of these complex interfaces requires extensive time to develop and extremely high staffing costs Implementation and testing of these interfaces are even more cost-prohibitive, and documentation often lags behind implementation resulting in inconsistencies down the road With expanding threat vectors, IT Security, Information Assurance and Operational Security have become key Ground System architecture drivers New Federal security-related directives are generated on a daily basis, imposing new requirements on current / existing ground systems - These mandated activities and data calls typically carry little or no additional funding for implementation As a result, Ground System Sustaining Engineering groups and Information Technology staff continually struggle to keep up with the rolling tide of security Advancing security concerns and shrinking budgets are pushing these large stove-piped ground systems to begin sharing resources - I.e. Operational / SysAdmin staff, IT security baselines, architecture decisions or even networks / hosting infrastructure Refactoring these existing ground systems into multi-mission assets proves extremely challenging due to what is typically very tight coupling between legacy components As a result, many "Multi-Mission" ops. environments end up simply sharing compute resources and networks due to the difficulty of refactoring into true multi-mission systems Utilizing continuous integration / rapid system deployment technologies in conjunction with an open architecture messaging approach allows System Engineers and Architects to worry less about the low-level details of interfaces between components and configuration of systems GMSEC messaging is inherently designed to support multi-mission requirements, and allows components to aggregate data across multiple homogeneous or heterogeneous satellites or payloads - The highly-successful Goddard Science and Planetary Operations Control Center (SPOCC) utilizes GMSEC as the hub for it's automation and situational awareness capability Shifts focus towards getting GS to a final configuration-managed baseline, as well as multi-mission / big-picture capabilities that help increase situational awareness, promote cross-mission sharing and establish enhanced fleet management capabilities across all levels of the enterprise.
Publication Date: Mar 15, 2017
Document ID:
20170002302
(Acquired Mar 17, 2017)
Subject Category: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE; GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE)
Report/Patent Number: GSFC-E-DAA-TN39763
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: GSAW 2017, Session 11E: Adopting Agile Ground Software Development; 15 Mar. 2017; Los Angeles, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Aerospace Corp.; Los Angeles, CA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNG15CR67C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Description: 17p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; under NASA contract NNG15CR67C
NASA Terms: ARCHITECTURE (COMPUTERS); PROTOTYPES; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; SYSTEMS ENGINEERING; SUPPORT SYSTEMS; SECURITY; SYSTEMS INTEGRATION; COMMUNICATION; COSTS; PAYLOADS; MISSION PLANNING; STANDARDS
Other Descriptors: GMSEC; RAPID DEPLOYMENT; CONTINUOUS MONITORING; COMMON OPEN ARCHITECTURE; MISSION OPERATIONS; GROUND SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
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