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Extensible and flexible software architecture for the SOFIA mission controls and communications system
Author(s): Barry Papke; David Brock; John B. Graybeal
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Paper Abstract

The software architecture for the SOFIA Mission Controls and Communications System (MCCS) must provide the initial operating capability for the observatory and support future needs over the planned twenty-year operational life. Two factors will drive the changing operational requirements of the observatory: (1) technology advances that will change the implementation of existing systems and (2) science advances that will define what the user will try to accomplish with the observatory. The MCCS software architecture must be able to sustain existing operational capability as the technology of the surrounding subsystems evolve, and it must be capable of providing new functions and features as new requirements are identified for the system. This paper describes how the MCCS software architecture provides a de-coupled infrastructure, using technologies such as XML and CORBA, to meet SOFIA's needs of an extensible and flexible command and data system with high mission reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389117
Show Author Affiliations
Barry Papke, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)
David Brock, Sterling Software/NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
John B. Graybeal, Sterling Software/NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4014:
Airborne Telescope Systems
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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