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Center Innovation Fund: SSC CIF

Mobile Platform Development for SSC Propulsion Test Operations

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

For this project, the possible utility of a mobile application in combination with portable electronic tools/tablets, which could be used in real-time “in the field”, at propulsion testing locations across Stennis Space Center (SSC) was assessed. The objective was to have participating field personnel consider the utility of mobile computing platforms, and assess if in combination with correspondingly developed mobile applications, could be used to collect data in the rocket engine propulsion test environment.

A review of mobile applications (apps) and portable electronic tools/mobile platforms (that could be used by propulsion testing field users at SSC) was conducted. Additionally, a preliminary prototype mobile application (app) was also initiated. In the rocket engine test environment, Test Preparation Sheets (TPS) are used to ensure safety compliance is maintained, and they serve as advisors to test directors and project engineers on all safety matters. This mobile app would enable the ability of TPS to be downloaded to a mobile platform in the field (i.e. at a test complex).  Having this ability, would modernize monitoring tasks, expedite data processing, and provide real-time data input.

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