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Future AMMOS Plans

AMMOS Vision

The AMMOS envisions itself as the premier provider of multimission operations capabilities to the NASA community for all missions within its charter. We will be a highly valued world-class organization that meets science and mission needs with full customer satisfaction. We will partner effectively across the Agency to provide the most efficient solutions for NASA missions and will drive and seamlessly infuse operations-focused technology to meet our objectives.

  • AMMOS provides missions with a Mission Operations System that dramatically reduces mission development effort and cost, significantly improves operations efficiency, and reduces risk for flight and ground systems.
  • The AMMOS enables Principal Investigators to directly, flexibly, and seamlessly interact with their instruments and their data from wherever they are located without requiring expertise in mission operations or the AMMOS.

AMMOS Architectural Principles

The future state of AMMOS is based on a set of nine key architecture principles that are intended to guide multimission Operations Engineering as well as GDS solution engineering: 1) Primacy of Principles, 2) Use of Common Services, 3) Customer Focus, 4) Learn from Experience, 5) Close the Loop, 6) Data/Information Visibility, Accessibility, and Understandability, 7) Technology/Platform Independence, 8) Interoperability, and 9) Universality of Data/Information Security.

A summary description of each of these principles is provided described in the list below:
  1. Primacy of Principles means these principles apply to all organizational entities that are responsible for the management and delivery of the AMMOS.
  2. Use of Common Services means AMMOS provides operations capabilities via adaptable, loosely coupled common services. These expose adaptable portions to customers while maintaining key common aspects as part of the multimission system.
  3. Customer Focus means AMMOS exists in order to provide operations capabilities that enable Missions to operate at lower total cost to NASA, while satisfying needs for reliability and performance.
  4. Learn from Experience means for the AMMOS to improve and/or maintain capabilities in the face of imperfection and a changing world, it must be maintained and improved over time. This requires intentional effort to acquire and apply the lessons that experience offers.
  5. Close the Loop means AMMOS enables closed-loop control of flight assets, including reconciling the reported state of a flight system with science and engineering plans. To enable missions to efficiently and effectively perform planned-to-actual reconciliation, it is necessary to identify, architect, design, build, maintain, and operate elements of the System that respond to this principle.
  6. Data/Information Visibility, Accessibility, and Understandability means data/information is defined externally to any given user (including software systems or services) and is readily visible, accessible, and understandable to all authorized AMMOS and external partner users, software systems, and services.
  7. Technology/Platform Independence means AMMOS software systems and its interfaces are architected independent of specific technology choices and therefore can operate on a variety of technology platforms.
  8. Interoperability means software and hardware conform to defined industry standards (preferably open standards) that promote interoperability for data/information, applications, and technology.
  9. Universality of Data/Information Security means the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data/information in all components of the AMMOS is a first class concern and not designed into AMMOS software systems and services as an afterthought.

To Contribute to the AMMOS

MGSS is continually searching for innovative ways to improve the AMMOS and are interested in hearing about your:

  • Ideas to improve current tools and services of the AMMOS
  • Needs for new capabilities in support of future NASA Missions
  • Existing tools or services that MGSS could subscribe to in support of multiple NASA missions
  • Ongoing research and technology that has the possibility of infusion into the AMMOS

If you can contribute to any of the above, please visit Contribute to AMMOS or contact the MGSS Strategic Planning Manager Jody Gunn at or the AMMOS Technology Manager Jay Wyatt at .

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