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Rapid Prototyping Capability for Earth-Sun System Sciences


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  • 1. Capabilities Description of a Rapid Prototyping Capability for Earth-Sun System Sciences RPC Project Team Mississippi State University
  • 2. Goal
      • Formulate architectures and develop baseline capacities that integrate applied sciences systems tools into configurations to support efficient evaluation of the prospects of integrating research results from NASA’s Earth observation systems (with emphasis on spacecraft instruments on missions recently launched or planned for near-term launch) and associated Earth system models
        • systems engineering tools
        • enterprise architecture tools
        • information visualization and analysis tools
        • uncertainty characterization tools
        • performance assessment tools
      • (“System Engineering Tools: Rapid Prototyping Capability,” presented August 2005 at SSC Workshop)
  • 3. Fall 2005 Situation
    • Ad hoc transition from research to operations
    • Wide variety of R2O projects
      • Varied scope
      • Various parts of systems engineering process
      • Customized immediate goals
      • Time-consuming (not rapid)
      • No common infrastructure
  • 4. Mission Timeline “ Extending NASA Earth-Sun System Research Results through a Systems Engineering Capacity”, Working document v. SEC_V_5
  • 5. NASA Systems Engineering Process “ Extending NASA Earth-Sun System Research Results through a Systems Engineering Capacity”, Working document v. SEC_V_5
  • 6. Justification for RPC
    • Demonstrate the utility of innovative solutions prior to budget support for operational use of missions.
    • Significantly accelerate the evaluation of mission science results.
    • Make budget support for a mission possible much earlier than under the current situation.
  • 7. Problem Space S. Marley, “Architectural Framework,” NASA Rapid Prototyping Workshop , Hampton, Virginia, April 2006 SN RPC ISS
  • 8. January 2008 RPC Concepts
    • People. Teams to perform due-diligence systems engineering of research-to-operations ideas.
    • Place. Collaboration in-person
    • Infrastructure. Virtual collaboration
    • Tools.
        • Rapid integration of new data sources
        • Manipulation of data sets
        • Integration of simulation models, local and remote
        • Configuring of model runs, local and remote
        • Evaluation of model results
        • Extensible architecture
  • 9. January 2008 Operation of RPC
    • Solutions Network proposes RPC experiments.
    • RPC steering committee approves and prioritizes.
    • A multidisciplinary RPC experiment team is formed.
    • Necessary resources scheduled.
    • RPC experiment team conducts the experiment.
    • Results of RPC experiment used when formulating a solicitation for the follow-on Integrated Systems Solutions effort.
    • RPC experiment results published in science literature
    • Results submitted to ESAT
  • 10. January 2008 Overview
  • 11. RPC Room at NASA/SSC
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  • 15. Capabilities Science Data Manager
    • Access data from observation sources
      • Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAAC)
      • Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE)
      • Application Research Toolkit (ART) and similar systems.
    • Maintain metadata in compliance with the NASA Enterprise Architecture (EA)
    • Submit to the Earth Observation section of the Earth-Sun System Architecture Tool (ESAT).
  • 16. Capabilities Interoperable Geoprocessing Environment
    • Develop data products that measure geophysical parameter needed for models
    • Extract data from NASA sources specifically needed for the experiment
    • Document and catalog model data requirements in a database
    • Submit to the Data Products section of ESAT.
  • 17. Capabilities Model Manager
    • Manage the model runs
      • Catalog the configuration of the model run and other parameters
      • Record and catalog the results of the model runs
    • Submit to the Model Outputs section of ESAT
  • 18. Capabilities Performance Metrics Workbench
    • Provide tools to determine if there is significant change in model performance.
    • Visualization of model results
    • Statistical analysis tools
  • 19. Idealized Scenarios
    • Perform experiment using
    • Multiple data sources and a single model
    • Baseline data sources and multiple models
  • 20. Limitations
    • Substantial programming of software is outside the scope of RPC experiments, e.g. major modification of existing models
    • RPC experiments will perform due-diligence systems engineering of limited prototypes.
      • Not the same as ISS
    • RPC infrastructure (January 2008) will consist of two computational nodes, one at NASA Stennis Space Center and one at Mississippi State University.
    • RPC (January 2008) will have one physical meeting facility at NASA Stennis Space Center.
  • 21. Impacts
    • Shift from ad hoc to a systems engineering approach for transitioning research to operations.
    • “ Steering committee” — Organizational mechanism for approving and prioritizing RPC experiments.
    • “ Experiment team” — Temporary multidisciplinary teams to facilitate and conduct the experiment.
    • “ Technical working group” — Multidisciplinary team to oversee the technical evolution of the infrastructure.
  • 22. RPC Summary
    • Infrastructure will provide a suite of tools
    • Facility at NASA Stennis Space Center
    • Experiments conducted during development (January 2006–December 2007) will illustrate the long-term potential for rapid effective RPC experiments.
    • Design will allow replication of nodes at other locations.
  • 23. Backup
  • 24. Research to Operations Societal Benefits Crosscutting Solutions National Applications Applied Sciences Program
    • Evaluation
      • Verification and Validation
    • Benchmarking
    supply demand Rapid Prototyping Capacity Integrated System Solutions Uncertainty Analysis Scientific Rigor Government Agencies & National Organizations NASA Earth-Sun System Research Solutions Network Research and Analysis Program Operations “ Extending NASA Earth-Sun System Research Results through a Systems Engineering Capacity”, Working document v. SEC_V_5
  • 25. Context
  • 26. Workflow Step 1. Selection of experiment Step 2. Preparation by researchers/modelers Step 3. Evaluation by end users/clients Ongoing: RPC development RPC Hardware/Software Environment