ISS Operations Cost Reductions through Automation of Real-Time Planning Tasks

Timothy Hall, William Clancey, Tyson Tucker, Deborah Kadlec, Marc Spicer, Aaron McDonald, Ahmed Khan, Steven Madrid, Jason Toschlog
2011 AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition   unpublished
In 2007 the Johnson Space Center's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) management team challenged their organizations to find ways to reduce the cost of operations for supporting the International Space Station (ISS) in the Mission Control Center (MCC). Each MOD organization was asked to define and execute projects that would help them attain targeted cost reductions goals by 2012. The MOD Operations Division Flight Planning Branch responded to this challenge by launching several software
more » ... ation projects that would allow them to greatly improve console operations and reduce ISS console staffing and in turn reduce operating costs. These tasks ranged from improving the management and integration mission plan changes, to automating the uploading and downloading of information to and from the ISS and the associated ground tasks that required multiple decision points. The software solutions leveraged several different technologies including customized web applications and implementation of industry standard web services architecture; as well as engaging a previously TRL 4-5 technology developed by Ames Research Center (ARC) that utilized an intelligent agent-based system to manage and automate file traffic flow, archive data, and generate console logs. These projects to date have allowed the MOD Operations organization to remove one full time (7 x 24 x 365) ISS console position in 2010; with the goal of eliminating a second full time ISS console support position by 2012. The team will also reduce one long range planning console position by 2014.
doi:10.2514/6.2011-7180 fatcat:4mclowtxxfbr5jygdo3dhxlx6y