Open Mission Control

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 16:30
TH 331
Jay Trimble (NASA Ames Research Center)

Mission Control Technologies (MCT) is an advanced architecture for mission control developed by NASA. It extends object orientation to the user interface, presenting the users with representations of objects from the mission control domain, and allowing the user to assemble their software from object compositions, rather than applications. The software is modular, allowing developers to add functions using plug-ins.

MCT is available on github, where we are building an open source community. Though open source, the community may participate in the design and development of software for mission control.


Jay Trimble founded and leads the User Centered Technology (UCT) Group at NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to his current position, Jay initiated and led the Mars Exploration Rover Human Centered Computing Project, building a multi-disciplinary team to work with the Jet Propulsion Lab to bring process and technology improvements to Mars Rover Operations.

At U.C. Berkeley, Jay was the Integration and Test Manager for the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager Spacecraft, a successful mission to gather data on solar flares.

At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jay was the Lead Mission Operations Director for Shuttle Imaging Radar, responsible for design and development of the ground operations software and mission procedures, and managing an international team to operate the Earth remote sensing radar on two successful missions on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994.
Prior to that, he was a science support team member for the Voyager Spacecraft encounter with Neptune in 1989.

At NASA Johnson Space Center he was a flight controller for Space Shuttle Missions, in the Payloads position, responsible for operational integration of payloads on the Shuttle.