Kinesix Provides Critical Software for NASA Space Shuttle’s Mission Support Operations Contract
June 5, 2006 (HOUSTON, TX.) – Kinesix Software, an HTC member, has renewed maintenance agreements that will ensure the continued use of its Sammi® graphical-interface software as part of the Mission Support Operations Contract (MSOC) for NASA’s space shuttle program. The MSOC covers mission operations and ground systems support for the Mission Control Center (MCC) at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The MCC is the heart of operations for space shuttle missions. Numerous data streams for shuttle systems and operations are fed into the MCC, which requires a dependable, proven solution for interpreting this information into useful graphical displays. Kinesix’s Sammi software runs most of these graphical displays at the MCC – especially those that control payload applications and monitor shuttle orbits.
NASA physicians also use Sammi to monitor the life signs of the astronauts aboard the shuttle. In addition, NASA uses Sammi as part of its International Space Station program – which uses the product to view complex live data streams in a user-friendly, easily interpreted format.
“The MSOC contract renewal will extend one of our most integral client relationships,” says Kinesix CEO Russ Jamerson. “NASA has long taken advantage of Sammi’s ability to process and control real-time data in graphical displays, especially in mission-critical situations. Kinesix is proud to continue its involvement with the space shuttle program.”
In addition to using Sammi at the Johnson Space Center, the agency also uses the product at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, and Goddard Space Flight Center. Other national aerospace organizations that utilize Sammi include the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and Canadian Space Agency.
In addition to NASA, Sammi has been used in the satellite command-and-control systems from more than a half-dozen large aerospace companies. According to Jamerson, these companies selected Sammi based on its ability to display real-time data feeds in a graphical format, while also distributing information easily across a network that consists of both Linux and Unix operating systems.
About Kinesix Software
Kinesix Software is the developer of Sammi, an enterprise and control-room graphics tool used by more than 20,000 mission-command and process-control workers. The Sammi product, which was first launched in 1990, allows users to build custom graphical displays that animate and manage massive volumes of streaming data across dozens – or even hundreds – of workstations.
With Sammi, users see full-color dashboards, instead of rudimentary numeric readings or basic, conventional GUIs. While Sammi is often categorized as a graphics product, its real value lies in its proven ability to display live data across a network of command and control systems. Sammi is currently available for Unix, Microsoft NT/2000/XP and Linux platforms. Kinesix offers Sammi for a variety of platforms, including Unix, Microsoft NT/2000/XP and Linux. In addition, Kinesix recently released KX EDGE, its next-generation human-machine interface, based on Microsoft’s .Net platform. Kinesix is based in Houston, Tx. To learn more visit www.kinesix.com.
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