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  • April 12, 2013

NASA Mission Operations on the NetBeans Platform (Part 2 of 4)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
The NASA Goddard
Flight Dynamics Mission Services Monitor (AKA System Console)
provides multiple mission post-launch support for flight dynamics
data services. System Console was developed by NASA as part of the
Goddard Flight Dynamics Modernization effort in 2011, led by
Aerospace Industry contractor ai Solutions. The software is deployed in the Flight Dynamics Facility at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD USA.

What Does the Software Do?

System Console
serves as a facility mission operations health monitor, data
forwarder and logger. At a glance operators and analysts can
determine what mission software services are connected to the
facility message bus, GMSEC.
Detailed information on whom and what is connected to the various
mission support data services can be searched and examined. Historic
records and detailed messages can be queried from databases and
compared to current information.

How Does the NetBeans Platform Help?

The rich
support for Node Trees via the Explorer Views makes displaying nested
services simple. The straightforward MVC architecture of the
NetBeans Platform makes managing the multitude of asynchronous background
communication simple. The NetBeans Platform allows for
developers to produce software that is very lean and easy to

All the info and
text above was provided by Sean Phillips (@SeanMiPhillips), who is a
Software Engineer and NASA contractor with aerospace experts ai

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Comments ( 1 )
  • guest Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    In addition the application was built so it could be deployed in stages. The NetBeans Platform easily allowed us to design the application in layers and will allow us to expand System Console in the future by using the Platform's plugin architecture. Future plugins include Launch Schedule Management and Posting Facility Health on the Web.

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