• SATELLITE GROUND OPERATIONS AUTOMATION – LESSONS LEARNED AND FUTURE APPROACHES

      Catena, John; Frank, Lou; Saylor, Rick; Weikel, Craig; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.; Computer Sciences Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2001-10)
      Reducing spacecraft ground system operations costs are a major goal in all missions. The Fast Auroral Snapshot (FAST) flight operations team at the NASA/Goddard Spacecraft Flight Center developed in-house scripts and procedures to automate monitoring of critical spacecraft functions. The initial staffing profile of 16x7 was reduced first to 8x5 and then to “lights out”. Operations functions became an offline review of system performance and the generation of future science plans for subsequent upload to the spacecraft. Lessons learned will be applied to the challenging Triana mission, where 24x7 contact with the spacecraft will be necessary at all times.