Quintron Systems will upgrade NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) technology as it expands to IPbased mission command voice. To prevent expensive and difficult reconfiguration of the mission control room consoles, a new user station design allows direct-fit replacement of the existing, older DICES stations in use for many years. In addition, the use of three touchscreen panels will improve user features inherent in the DICES VoIP system architecture. Inclusion of appropriate circuitry and connectors will also allow DFRC to re-use existing high-investment legacy headsets.
The DICES VoIP Soft Client enables flight test customers to access selected mission audio over IP links, using customersupplied computer workstations, and in some cases, installed in remote operating locations.
Another important new technology feature will be the ability to pre-define selected user station position configurations (audio circuits, key layouts, and optional features) and download them directly to the user positions without log-in or other user interaction. In addition, DICES VoIP supports multiple independent operating segments (partitions) so each of the four main DFRC control rooms can be managed individually, with complete autonomy where simultaneous missions are underway.
The total initial procurement will provide for about 100 of the new user stations, with more phased additions planned in future fiscal periods as funding becomes available. Operational mode will begin this spring, following required parallel testing.
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