Supporting Exploration Missions by Enabling Exploration Mission System Software

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2023-07-16

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2023 International Conference on Environmental Systems

Abstract

Future exploration missions will consist of a multitude of data sources, systems, and operators collaborating to complete mission objectives. Presently, NASA is instantiating the contractual mechanisms, such as the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) and Human Landing System (HLS) contracts, to produce these mission assets. Architectural planning is also underway to establish the networking protocols and infrastructure to digitally create and connect mission elements, such as LunaNET. However, without new horizontally integrated data systems, these advancements will be limited in their ability to get mission data appropriately integrated into the plan, train, fly, explore workflow of the flight operations workforce. Here we describe several mission system software development efforts underway that are designed to support human spaceflight missions. This paper describes the current iterations of a suite of tools to support EVA procedure authoring and execution, and mission context creation for both International Space Station (ISS) and Artemis missions. These tools have been developed iteratively and continue to be used in present-day ISS operations on orbit and in several NASA facilities such as the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) and Artemis field testing. These solutions demonstrate how software development can be aligned with ongoing operations development activities to discover the features that best support both current and future human spaceflight missions.

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Matthew Miller, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
James Montalvo, KBR Wyle/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Ben Feist, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
David Charney, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
David Rynearson, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Jackie Vu, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Katie Heinemann, KBR Wyle/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Trey Davis, KBR Wyle/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Stephen Lin, KBR Wyle/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Omar Baig, KBR Wyle/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Cameron Pittman, Jacobs/NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
ICES506: Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit: Missions and Technologies
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.

Keywords

Mission Systems, Extravehicular Activity, Mission Context, Plan Train Fly Explore, decision support systems

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