Screenshot from a laptop display during livestream

During the livestream of Crew Dragon's approach to docking, at 6:24 a laptop display is shown with lots of green text and a camera view of the International Space Station. What's going on?


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The display shown is from the screen of one of the Space Station Computer laptops in the US Lab. This was being downlinked to Mission Control in Houston to monitor the functioning of tools used by the ISS crew to track the Crew Dragon's approach.

The foreground program is the Dragon 2 Docking Monitor, which takes video supplied by the Crew Dragon (aka Dragon 2, Docking Dragon) and overlays a grid to estimate angular offsets in the view alongside some pertinent information for docking (range and lateral offset between the docking adapters, rates, a couple of modes).

The background program is RPOP, the Rendezvous and Proximity Operations Program. The Space Shuttle version of RPOP is described in JSC 63400 "History of Space Shuttle Rendezvous," page 239 and others. A new version of RPOP, version 8, was created to monitor the approach and rendezvous of Crew Dragon and CST-100 to the International Space Station. The screenshot shows the Demo Mission 1 Crew Dragon at the very edge of the Keep Out Sphere (Range, R, 200 meters).

"Coincidentally" I happen to have been the lead developer on RPOP since 2015 and monitored its operation from Houston during Demo Mission 1. I thought it was conceivable that someone might have wondered what this was since it got livestreamed and has since ended up in places like a Scott Manley video.

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    $\begingroup$ DOUG definitely is still around. ROBO uses it to help with SA during EVAs, among other things. RSAD I'm not familiar with, but very few things at JSC ever actually go away. $\endgroup$
    – Erin Anne
    Mar 4, 2019 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ I feel I'm incomplete because I have no idea what RSAD, DOUG, ROBO and SRMS are. Although it's pretty clear these are not vital to the answer and getting to know what they mean will result in hours on Wikipedia et al, I'd still love to know what they stand for. $\endgroup$
    – Pavel
    Mar 4, 2019 at 7:07
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    $\begingroup$ DOUG is "Dynamic Ubiquitous Onboard Graphics," a 3D engine/model system I'm not too familiar with. ROBO is a console position/group that handles robotics (arms, etc) on the space station. [S]SRMS is the [Space] Station Robotic Manipulation System I think, so the main arm on the ISS. But RSAD is beyond me. $\endgroup$
    – Erin Anne
    Mar 4, 2019 at 8:09
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    $\begingroup$ Why wouldn't they call it the Proximity and Rendezvous Operations Program... $\endgroup$
    – Celos
    Mar 4, 2019 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ @Bas that's a whole other question about what sensors are on Dragon 2. The image of the ISS is from a grayscale centerline/hatch camera and is def not a LIDAR image. $\endgroup$
    – Erin Anne
    Mar 4, 2019 at 18:37

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