The Beacon Visualization (BeaVis) computer program provides a ground-based computing environment for displaying, tracking, storing, and maneuvering through telemetric data streams that contain summaries of engineering data generated aboard a spacecraft. BeaVis can also serve as a general-purpose software tool for monitoring data of other specific types. In the original spacecraft-to-ground application, BeaVis enables the user to scroll through a graphical depiction of telemetry downlinks to select desired data. Summary data are represented graphically, with hypertext links to strip charts of sensor channels represented by summary data packets. BeaVis also generates time-line and tabular displays. A time line depicts when, during a spacecraft mission, summary downlinks and beacon tone detections have occurred. The tabular and strip-chart displays are available through hypertext links from the time-line display. BeaVis also provides graphical user interface elements that show such specific summary data components as changes in mission activities, snapshot telemetry, episode data, and user summary data. The program also includes a software tool for creating tables of parameters that are uploaded to a spacecraft.

This work was done by E. J. Wyatt, Robert Sherwood, and Tim Fogarty of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For further information, access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.nasatech.com/tsp  under the Information Sciences category.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Don Hart of the California Institute of Technology at (818) 393-3425. Refer to NPO-20665.


This Brief includes a Technical Support Package (TSP).
Program for Viewing Remotely Generated Summmary Data

(reference NPO-20665) is currently available for download from the TSP library.

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