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Old 10-05-2011, 06:35 PM
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ISS Live To Integrate Public with Orbital Ops And Science

After over 50 years of operation, NASA is about to permanently enter the world of instant (or near instant) information exchange with the general public in a new way that largely symbolizes one of the changing ways the premiere US space agency will interact with the public and disseminate information about science operations and real-time orbital operations on the International Space Station.
According to the “ISS LIVE!: NASA Open Government Initiative” presentation (available for download on L2), the main principle behind the idea of open government is an “effort to increase public access to government information and services through live data feeds and data sets.”
While NASA already has a fairly good track record of releasing operational and scientific data sets from its various missions, the decision has been made to proceed to the next step and take the ISS into the live data streaming environment of the 21st century through webpage and mobile device app browsing.

The change, however, is not just a change in the live streaming of information between the ISS and MCC (Mission Control Center) Houston and Moscow. It is also a change in how NASA shares real-time data with the public at large.

As noted by the ISS Live! presentation, “WEB BASED Technologies mean MCC and ISS Data is now streamable (feasible from tech and funding perspective).”

his means that household and personal computing and communication devices can now access the streamable information from the International Space Station and MCC Houston.

But that ability will require an increase in the need for “Mobile Device usage” including computers with internet connection, smart phones, tablets, and the creation of new apps for some of these devices to link up with the soon-to-be up-and-running ISS Live program.

The Open Government initiative for NASA and the International Space Station, which had its US core segment designated a US National Lab in the last couple of years, has kick started a Mission Operations Directorate plan call the Public Data Services Initiative.

ISSLive! – the concept behind the idea:
At its core, the ISSLive! mobile application (which will be available over the internet and for purchase in app stores for various smart phone and tablet devices) will provide users with “simplified” console information readouts on public telemetry and timeline data for the International Space Station as well as current live tracking ability of the International Space Station, ISS MCC Houston “over the shoulder” viewing opportunities, ISS crew timelines (broken up into daily increments), MCC console displays, and Acquisition of Signal (AOS) and Loss of Signal (LOS) indicators/predictors.
The mobile apps will also provide users with “at the fingertips” historical information on the assembly of the International Space Station, a full-fledge diagram of the current configuration of the orbital lab complex, “open web content” for ISS overviews, operational handbooks, and API, and the ability to “create applications to integrate Live Data and Science from the International Space Station.”

While this new program does represent a change in how NASA will begin to share non-restricted information about the International Space Station with the general public, the presentation does caution that the implementation schedule for this new application is “aggressive.”

“Aggressive schedule for development. Must focus on ISSLive! Core Concept” which includes “public telemetry and timeline data, education review of technical content, export control for technical content, approvals for space organization icons and flight controller icons/patches, and above all ISSLive! Team and Product integration,” notes the ISSLive! presentation.
Specifically, the public telemetry and timeline data will use a “LightStreamer Server (Port 80) and a public API for telemetry.” A timeline XML is currently under evaluation.

Web pages will also be used, as will HTML content as part of this new data streaming initiative.

See the live stream from the international space station here in our webcam area:

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Old 10-06-2011, 12:43 AM
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cool idea

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Old 10-08-2011, 05:44 PM
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This would be a brilliant way to make all of the nay-sayers and conspiracy theorists STFU!!!!!!!!

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