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KSC Chooses SRA For Constellation Launch Control Systems

"NASA has embraced the idea of software re-use throughout the entire lifecycle of the Constellation Program," said Brian Buckley, SRA's program manager for the SCL system.
by Staff Writers
Fairfax VA (SPX) Dec 18, 2008
SRA International has announced that NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has chosen SRA's Spacecraft Command Language (SCL) to support the Constellation Program, which will develop the new systems and vehicles that will replace the Space Shuttle and provide for the nation's next generation of space exploration.

KSC is modernizing the launch control system, using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-based solutions to control costs and introduce state-of-the-art technology.

SRA's SCL software package will provide KSC engineers with the tools necessary to process the new launch vehicle and provide real-time monitoring and control of the launch control infrastructure.

SRA's SCL will be used throughout the entire infrastructure of the Ares launch vehicle, the replacement for the Space Shuttle. At KSC, SCL will be used to monitor ground support equipment; control the re-fueling process; regulate countdown sequencing; and review and test the Ares vehicle prior to and during countdown.

SCL has been approved for the International Space Station, and has more than 10 years of on-orbit experience as a COTS flight software product for NASA and military satellites. SCL uses the same software on the flight system as on ground control systems, allowing information to flow more easily among systems and providing cost savings.

"NASA has embraced the idea of software re-use throughout the entire lifecycle of the Constellation Program," said Brian Buckley, SRA's program manager for the SCL system.

"The SCL software is being used successfully on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle and the manufacturing infrastructure used throughout the country by NASA. This contract solidifies SCL's role in the launch infrastructure for Constellation and will provide NASA with a high level of automation and significant cost savings."

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