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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34394
Published 2019-05-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Founded on July 1, 1960, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL is one of NASA’s largest field centers. Marshall engineers designed, built, tested, and helped launch the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the Moon. Marshall developed new rocket engines and tanks for the fleet of space shuttles, built sections of the International Space Station (ISS), and now manages all the science work of the astronauts aboard the ISS from a 24/7 Payload Operations Integration Center. Marshall also manages NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans — the agency’s premier site for the manufacture and assembly of large-scale space structures and systems.

Software for Environmental Monitoring in a Large Facility

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-29837
Published 1999-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Four computer programs enable the nearly real-time distribution, analysis, and display of data on temperature, relative humidity, and particle fallout measured by sensors in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) and the Launch Pad Payload Changeout Room (PCR) at Kennedy Space Center. The previous environmental-monitoring software distributed data only once per hour; did not provide for rapid, automated analysis; and was not flexible enough to accommodate new sensors. Under the present software, readings are taken from the sensors every 2 minutes and transmitted over local-area networks to a server computer. Any computer on the network can display the data as both numerical values and colors (green, yellow, or red for within, almost out of, or out of specification, respectively). Out-of-specification data is also signaled by audible beeps. Optionally, daily graphs of data can be displayed. The programs, written with LabVIEW software, are modular and can be modified easily to accommodate new sensors, change the sampling interval, enable or disable audible alarms, or rescale graphs.

Mobile System for Control of a Remote Rocket-Launching Range

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-29778
Published 1999-04-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The Wallops Flight Facility of the Goddard Space Flight Center has designed and built in-house a Mobile Range Control System (MRCS), which is a self-contained system to be deployed in support of rocket launches at remote ranges in cases in which termination of flight may be required for safety purposes. The MRCS includes data-acquisition subsystems, real-time data-computation subsystems, range-safety displays, command/destruct transmitters, and supporting communication subsystems, all together providing for remote range control.