Common Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) Software Development for Rocket Propulsion Test (RPT) Test Facilities: A General Overview
This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
NASA’s emphasis on enabling the commercial launch industry has placed the John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) near Waveland, Mississippi as well as other rocket propulsion testing (RPT) sites in unique positions to provide testing services to multiple commercial RPT customers. To provide these services to industry in a marketable and cost-effective manner, NASA’s Rocket Propulsion Test Management Board (RPTMB) has determined that the software that operates the RPT’s data-acquisition systems (DAS) at each of its testing sites should be common to each facility regardless of location and the underlying hardware. In addition, the RPTMB also understands the importance of the government maintaining full ownership and modification rights to the intellectual property of such an undertaking in order for commercial entities to be guaranteed the privacy of their data. Therefore, the RPT initiated an effort to develop such a software suite for the RPT’s facilities during the fall of 2010, beginning with an effort to develop requirements for this software suite. This presentation will address the nature of this ground software-development effort and how to achieve collaboration across independently funded and managed organizations.