Deep Space Network (DSN) Support – Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
As a subcontractor to ITT, MORI provides antenna maintenance, design, and sustaining engineering support for the Deep Space Network (DSN). The support encompasses performing regular maintenance on the antenna equipment, including mechanical and electronic infrastructure; support for network equipment that sustains the antenna; and support for the network and data infrastructure that supports guest and outside research.
- Account Management MORI staff maintains the accounts for DSN end users. Following a defined processing of streamed communications data, MORI provides access to the data folders to individual account holders. In addition, MORI modifies the access list and permissions to allow individual data users to gain access to data.
- Videoconferencing and Collaboration Facility Support MORI is responsible for the management, maintenance, scheduling, and operations of a PolyCom video-teleconferencing system. A >99% system availability has been achieved due to a preventative maintenance plan and the planning of sufficient equipment spares. MORI provides the technical management and deployment of a video monitoring system that provides real-time video of the antennas located at the three worldwide sites. This video feed helps individual antenna controllers manage the large antennas and meet mission safety requirements.
- Communications Systems Engineering MORI provides data analysis and data management of approximately 10 gigabytes of data a week received from Deep Space probes. MORI deconstructs and decompresses a live data stream into individual products and processes these data sets into individual products. MORI staff then validates the integrity of the data products and disseminates the final data within a large server cluster to individual accounts. In addition, MORI is responsible for the specification and implementation of cabling standards at all global antenna sites.
Innovative Solutions to Satisfy Technical Requirements
- MORI staff implemented a data access approach to allow for the transfer of large data elements within a server farm to individual accounts.
MORI has provided the maintenance necessary to ensure greater than six-sigma availability on these critical networks while achieving cost-effective, state-of-the-art space mission operations and telecommunications. MORI staff has also demonstrated an ability to manage large data sets and then distribute these data sets to individual scientific end users.