An integrated ground support equipment (GSE) tracking and management tool is designed for tracking and managing GSE data used in support of KSC/Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) planning and launch campaigns. This software (the Ground Hardware Management Tool, GHMT) will be fully integrated with the Ground Operations Planning Database (GOPDb) to provide a complete ground operations planning solution.

An incremental software development approach was used to deliver a Web-based software system for tracking, managing, and integrating information related to the use of GSE at KSC. The software system is currently in production usage. GHMT was built using state-of-the-art Web 2.0 technologies and deployed as SaaS (Software as a Service), with an emphasis on data governance and security needs. Application access is managed using two-factor authentication, with data write permissions tied to user roles and responsibilities. Multiple instances of the application can be deployed on a Web server to meet the robust needs for multiple, future programs with minimal additional cost.

This work was done by Elizabeth Kline and Steven Townsend of Kennedy Space Center, and Pravinkumar Asar of SAIC. For more information, contact the KSC Technology Transfer Office at 321-867-5033. KSC-13923