Designing any new space communications architecture designs currently involves separately modeling each of the SCaN three networks, which are the Near Earth Network (NEN), the Space Network (SN), and the Deep Space Network (DSN). Each of these models must then be fully integrated prior to quantifying network performance via metrics such as feasibility assessments, capacity analysis, or network reliability. Projects currently perform this work on an as-needed basis. The problem with this approach is that the integrated models are not updated and maintained after the project completes this work and so the effort must be repeated the next time an integrated model is required. Additionally, individual networks’ models are not readily accessible after these projects complete or to other groups that need to access this data. The effort that it takes to integrate these models and make them accessible is redundant and an inefficient use of funds. To mitigate these shortfalls, SCaN chartered the Strategic Center for Networking, Integration, and Communications (SCENIC).
SCENIC will design, develop, and implement a web-based user interface (UI) that will allow users to not only develop integrated designs, but do so using data available from all SCaN centers. The resulting system will be available not only NASA-wide, but to external customers as well, thus creating a one-stop service for developing integrated space communication architectures.
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