The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) provides a wide range of space weather tools and services for the general scientific community. One such product that facilitates space weather situational awareness is collectively known as the Integrated Space Weather Analysis (ISWA) System. Using the ISWA system and other tools, space weather forecasters are able to assess the space environment in both real time and for historical cases — both of which help mitigate potential space weather impacts on missions, as well as assist in spacecraft anomaly resolution. The Space Environment Automated Alerts & Anomaly Analysis Assistant (SEA5) will provide past, present, and predicted space environment information for specific missions, orbits, and user-specified locations throughout the heliosphere, geospace, and on the ground.

A software system will assist NASA robotic mission operators by allowing users to select a specific spacecraft and/or orbit of interest, and be presented with an interface displaying space environmental conditions for the selected spacecraft, orbit, and time. The system will also provide automated and customizable alert functionality, allowing users to define individual threshold and alert criteria, and to be notified whenever events of interest are detected for any specific mission/orbit.

A framework will extract space environment information from numerical simulations for specific locations, dates, and times. This will allow the SEA5 system to provide highly tailored space environment information for any spacecraft location throughout the heliosphere. Global simulation codes available at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) will be used, along with real-time and near-real-time space weather data from the ISWA System. Advanced 2D and 3D visualization techniques will be employed to determine the timedependent positions of specific satellites and/or orbits within mission-relevant spatial domains including the heliosphere and geospace. Both observational data sets and the most advanced physicsbased space environment models currently available will be used. Instead of mission operators, mission planners, and other stakeholders having to sift through, compile, and analyze massive data sets to extract and infer potential impacts to their individual missions, this unique mission-specific service will be used. A comprehensive data model will be created representing three key components of SEA5: simulation/model data, satellite/orbit objects, and observational data.

Relationships among these core components will also be modeled, effectively enabling the system to associate observational and simulation resources with user-specified missions and orbits. Once the data model has been successfully designed, user interface modules will be implemented, enabling dynamic generation of mission/orbit specific consoles (user friendly displays). An automated alert module will also be implemented, allowing users to specify custom thresholds and receive specialized notifications. This component-based framework will be extensible, providing a solid foundation for future feature and functionality expansion.

This work was done by Mario Maddox, Justin Boblitt, Tyler Schiewe, and Richard E. Mullinix of Goddard Space Flight Center. For more information, contact the Goddard Technology Transfer Office at (301) 286-5810. GSC-17254-1


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