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NASA's standard desktop office computer configuration is Windows 10 with Microsoft Office. This software is provided agency-wide by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). Here is an excerpt from the NASA-STD-2804 Fall 2017 MINIMUM INTEROPERABILITY SOFTWARE SUITE requirements document (the latest version available from the NSSC website to the general public)...


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The biggest single change in the Houston Mission Control Center (MCC) occurred in the late 1990s. This was the change from a mainframe based system architecture to a workstation based system with a client/server architecture. The project was led by John Muratore and it's discussed at some length in his oral history. Several of the papers in the Control ...


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The Kennedy Space Center Story, written by NASA in June 1970, NTRS document 19710024295, p. 29 describes the options that were considered, and the reason for the final choice: The scheme by which to transport launchers and assembled Saturn V vehicles was carefully explored by NASA engineers. A barge canal system was investigated. Models were tested in the ...


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I had the distinct honor of working for John Muratore on two distinct projects. One was the X-38. But before that, I worked on developing advanced software for his Real Time Data System project. The RTDS project started in 1986 when Muratore saw the archaic structure of Mission Control. The primary goal of the project was to transition from a single ...


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No experience of satellites here, but I used to do real-time software development. I believe that the point is to discover "normal" from "abnormal". You would have several different "functions" that monitor parts or the whole system. One typical solution for monitoring software is one or many watchdog timers. The software is supposed to reset the watchdog ...


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Another thing to consider is that (most of) Kennedy Space Center launch pads are significantly elevated above average ground level, whereas Baikonur Cosmodrome is flat, instead having large trenches dug underneath the pad. Compare KSC: with Baikonur: Where the Russians ride over smooth, level terrain, the Americans have to overcome this elevation as the ...


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