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Hubble Space Telescope Second Servicing Mission SM-2 Hubble Space Telescope Operations Control Center

Hubble Space Telescope Second Servicing Mission SM-2 Hubble Space Telescope Operations Control Center

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NationalAeronautics andSpaceAdministration
The Hubble Space Telescope Second Servicing Mission (SM-2)
The focal point of all Hubble Space Telescope(HST) activities is the Space Telescope OperationsControl Center (STOCC) at NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the orbitingobservatory is managed.
This photo shows the Mission Operations Room in theSpace Telescope Operations Control Center, the focusfor Hubble Space Telescope operations at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center.
all commands to the space telescope are issued fromthe facility, and data gathered by the observatory arrivethere first. The STOCC consists of six facilities:Mission Operations Room, Servicing MissionOperations Room, System Engineering and EvaluationRoom, Payload Operations Control Center, MissionSupport Room and Engineering Support System. Adescription of each facility comprises the rest of thisfact sheet.
Mission Operations Room (MOR):
The MOR isused to control and monitor HST flight operations,engineering and science activities. It contains the oper-ational work stations and displays required to monitorthe health and safety of the spacecraft. It also providesthe system capability to command the spacecraft andmonitor all engineering and science activities.Adjacent to the MOR is another room called theServicing Mission Operations Room (SMOR), whichis used to support the preparation, test and simulationfor the HST Servicing Mission while routine opera-tions are conducted simultaneously at the MOR. TheSMOR has the same capabilities as the MOR and canquickly be configured to support routine operations orany other Hubble spacecraft support activity. (An illus-tration of these rooms and a staffing outline appearlater in this fact sheet.) conduct simulated subsystem tests, to integrate newdata bases, and to validate new ground software andupdates to flight software. This room has the samecapabilities as the MOR and also can be configured asa backup operations control room.
Payload Operations Control Center (POCC):
The POCC is an essential element of the overall HSTground system. The POCC supports all HST activitiesby coordinating communication and data acquisitionwith MOR personnel and the NASA Network ControlCenter (NCC) at Goddard. This facility houses allapplication processor computers, data receiving andrecording subsystems, telemetry and commandingequipment; and the communications equipment neededto achieve HST mission operations objectives.
Mission Support Room (MSR):
The MSR direct-ly supports day-to-day flight operations and engineer-ing activities by providing off-line mission planningfunctions and data processing. MSR personnel providethe scheduling interface with the Network ControlCenter at Goddard, generate the science and engineer-ing load for the onboard computers, and performastronomy and engineering data processing. In addi-tion, MSR analysts provide the updates necessary tomaintain navigational integrity and pointing accuracyof the observatory.
Engineering Support System (ESS):
The ESSsupports mission operations requirements for subsys-tem analysis and trending. It provides near real-timeand post analysis support using spacecraft engineeringdata.
This diagram shows the layout of the SecondaryMission Operations Room (left) and the MissionOperations Room (right). Abbreviations correspond tostaffing locations.
Mission Operations Room
Space telescope operations — including health andsafety of the spacecraft, efficient operation and flightsystem engineering of the observatory — are theresponsibility of NASA contractors under the MissionOperations, System Engineering and Software(MOSES) contract. The contract was implemented bythe HST Operations and Ground System Project,which manages the space telescope. The followingpositions are staffed by MOSES personnel except forthe Operations Manager, who is a civil servant:
The Operations Manager (OM)
is NASA’s spacetelescope project operational representative. The OMmanages and provides technical direction to the FlightOperations Team during normal HST operations activ-ities, engineering tests and simulations. This function-al position assures project representation around theclock to meet day-to-day mission objectives. The OM,while on duty, is responsible for the overall operationsand health and safety of the observatory in orbit.
The Shift Supervisor (SS)/Operations Controller(OC)
is the lead member of each Flight Operations(FO) team. The SS/OC oversees the activities of allmission operations personnel on shift and has overallresponsibility for assuring the real-time health andsafety of the space telescope. The SS/OC coordinatesand controls all real-time commanding of the HST. TheSS/OC controls the on-line system capabilities andassignments at each console position, and coordinatesthe interface configurations with internal and externalelements required to support mission operations. TheSS/OC is the central point of contact for communica-tions within the MOR and ensures that personneladhere to responsible mission operations requirements.
The Science Instrument/Command and DataHandling/Pointing Control Subsystem FlightController
is responsible for the health and safety of the science instruments, the science instrument com-mand and data handling subsystem, and the pointingcontrol system. This flight controller monitors the sta-tus of the onboard NSSC-1 computer, which controlsthe payload, and its interface with the onboard DF-224engineering computer and the science instruments.This flight controller also monitors all vehicle slewsand target acquisitions, and verifies the performance of the gyros, reaction wheels and safing system. The con-

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