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Implementation of an Additional Command System, Pathing the Way for New Tasks at Col-CC

Schlerf, Angela and Sabath, Dieter and Soellner, Gerd and Verzola, Ivano (2017) Implementation of an Additional Command System, Pathing the Way for New Tasks at Col-CC. 68th International Astronautical Congress, 2017-09-25 - 2017-09-29, Adelaide, Australien.

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Thomas Pesquet's “Proxima” mission signifies another high activity period at the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC), which continues with Paolo Nespoli's launch to the ISS in mid-2017. Besides numerous experiments, such as Sarcolab, Airway Monitoring and Everywear, Thomas also performs important maintenance activities, including a CWSA exchange in the Thermal Control System and the Cycle 14.1 software upgrade for the Data Management System. At Col-CC, the preparation for these and other activities has been started a long time before. Our first step was to prepare for the on-board Cycle14.1 software upgrade. In parallel, it was necessary to upgrade our monitoring and command infrastructure due to the planned integration of new racks inside and outside of the Columbus module, as well as a new external payload. Some of these new subsystems and payloads require a completely new command interface, called MPCC. MPCC stands for Multi-Purpose Computer and Communication, and introduces secure end-to-end communications to Columbus, permitting scientists to directly access payloads from their home base via the Internet. Phase 1.1 of this project began in 2015 and included several demonstrative tests performed by ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen. Phase 1.2 is currently running and allows several payload users to access and control their experiments via a Ku-band link and the station-wide LAN. Whereas Phase 1 mostly uses existing on-board equipment, Phase 2 - starting in 2018 - will introduce new hardware to the ISS. This will include a new-generation laptop and a new, commercial off-the-shelf LAN switching box deployed in Columbus. In addition, a Ka-band antenna will be attached to the outside of the Columbus module during an Extra-Vehicular Activity in 2019. This will allow data transmission via the new generation of European data relay satellites using the Ka-band frequency. The paper describes our preparation work as well as Col-CC responsibilities during nominal operations, in particular the coordination and control of nominal IP traffic over the Columbus LAN, and monitoring intra- and extravehicular equipment.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121265/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Implementation of an Additional Command System, Pathing the Way for New Tasks at Col-CC
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:September 2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Columbus, Col-CC, MPCC
Event Title:68th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Adelaide, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:25 September 2017
Event End Date:29 September 2017
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Schneider, Beatrice
Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 11:10
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:25

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