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BEARS: a multi-mission anomaly response system
Author(s): Bryce A. Roberts
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Paper Abstract

The Mission Operations Group at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory operates a highly automated ground station and presently a fleet of seven satellites, each with its own associated command and control console. However, the requirement for prompt anomaly detection and resolution is shared commonly between the ground segment and all spacecraft. The efficient, low-cost operation and "lights-out" staffing of the Mission Operations Group requires that controllers and engineers be notified of spacecraft and ground system problems around the clock. The Berkeley Emergency Anomaly and Response System (BEARS) is an in-house developed web- and paging-based software system that meets this need. BEARS was developed as a replacement for an existing emergency reporting software system that was too closedsource, platform-specific, expensive, and antiquated to expand or maintain. To avoid these limitations, the new system design leverages cross-platform, open-source software products such as MySQL, PHP, and Qt. Anomaly notifications and responses make use of the two-way paging capabilities of modern smart phones.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7331, Space Exploration Technologies II, 733106 (1 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820249
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Bryce A. Roberts, Space Sciences Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7331:
Space Exploration Technologies II
Wolfgang Fink, Editor(s)

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