aeroCOMPASS is a software system, originally designed to aid in the management of wind tunnels at Langley Research Center, that could be adapted to provide similar aid to other enterprises in which research is performed in common laboratory facilities by users who may be geographically dispersed. Included in aeroCOMPASS is Webinterface software that provides a single, convenient portal to a set of project- and test-related software tools and other application programs. The heart of aeroCOMPASS is a user-oriented document-management software subsystem that enables geographically dispersed users to easily share and manage a variety of documents. A principle of "write once, read many" is implemented throughout aeroCOMPASS to eliminate the need for multiple entry of the same information. The Web framework of aeroCOMPASS provides links to client-side application programs that are fully integrated with databases and server-side application programs. Other subsystems of aeroCOMPASS include ones for reserving hardware, tracking of requests and feedback from users, generating interactive notes, administration of a customer-satisfaction questionnaire, managing execution of tests, managing archives of metadata about tests, planning tests, and providing online help and instruction for users.

This program was written by Sherwood T. Hoadley; Anthony M. Ingraldi; Kerry M. Gough; Charles Fox, Jr.; Catherine K. Cronin; Andrew G. Hagemann; Guy T. Kemmerly; and Wesley L. Goodman of Langley Research Center. For further information, access

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Refer to LAR-16442.

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This article first appeared in the February, 2007 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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