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Building a Better Mission Operations System: Architectural Patterns for MOS 2.0
Building a Better Mission Operations System: Architectural Patterns for MOS 2.0

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 12:00pm
Location: 180-101
Speaker: Duane Bindschadler & Christopher Delp

SQI Software Seminar Series


JPL has a wealth of knowledge in how to develop and utilize a mission operations system to fly groundbreaking science missions. Today’s budgets require lower cost for ever-more complex missions. In the 1980s and 1990s, technology facilitated significant gains in productivity (and decreases in cost). Today, improving individual software programs or scripting routine procedures only yields incremental improvement. The AMMOS Ops Revitalization initiative has taken an architectural, model-based systems engineering approach to the problem. We identify fundamental architectural patterns that together address major "pain points" in the current MOS and enable an MOS 2.0 that is more efficient, more maintainable, and facilitates automation. In this talk we discuss these architectural patterns and how they help to achieve a more capable, efficient MOS 2.0 for the next generation of missions.


Bindschadler is the multimission ground systems and services manager for operations and project manager for the Operations Revitalization Initiative. He led MOS development efforts for the Space Interferometry Mission, and flight operations and science operations during Galileo’s extended mission. Bindschadler has a Ph.D. in geology from Brown University.

Delp is the systems architect for the ops revitalization task in MGSS. His interests include software and systems architecture, and applications of model-based systems engineering. He earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Arizona in systems engineering.

This talk is presented by the Software Quality Improvement Project. For more information on the SQI Software Seminar Series, please contact Project Manager Scott Morgan, ext. 4-4972. For information about software, please visit

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