[sarex] New NASA Software Monitors Space Station Gyroscopes
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Aug. 13, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> katherine.trinidad at nasa.gov
> John Bluck
> Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
> jbluck at mail.arc.nasa.gov
> Lynnette B. Madison
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> lmadison at ems.jsc.nasa.gov
> NEW NASA SOFTWARE MONITORS SPACE STATION GYROSCOPES
> HOUSTON - NASA has added a new computer program to help monitor the
> four gyroscopes that keep the International Space Station properly
> oriented without the use of rocket fuel. During a spacewalk on
> Monday, two astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour removed and
> replaced a gyroscope that failed in late 2006.
> Computer scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field,
> Calif., designed the new software for the space station. The
> Inductive Monitoring System will be added to a group of existing
> tools to identify and track problems related to the gyroscopes.
> "If the system does something unexpected, the software alerts ground
> controllers that something is different, an anomaly, and that allows
> them to analyze the situation and take preventive measures as
> necessary," said David Iverson, the computer scientist at Ames who
> spearheaded the five year-effort to develop the software.
> During its development, researchers used the software to analyze
> several months of normal space station gyroscope data collected by
> the International Space Station Mission Control Center at NASA's
> Johnson Space Center, Houston. In these tests, problems with the
> gyroscopes were noticed long before the previous system flagged
> glitches. NASA started using the software earlier this year.
> The software program also has been used in F-18 fighter planes and by
> the space shuttle's leading edge impact detection system, as well as
> for electric power plant and water quality monitoring.
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