This software reduces the workload of the mission manager by distributing selected aircraft data to the various investigators onboard the aircraft so they do not have to continuously request the data updates. This system will then send the investigator’s comments and observations that were previously written in notebooks to a server that archives them in a file for later reference.

CARVE log is a system consisting of a server and an Apple iPad app. The iPad app displays aircraft attitude, location, and other selected data to the user, and allows the user to type in comments that are tagged with the user’s initials and sent to the server over wireless Internet.

The server receives the comments from the app and stores them in a text file on the disk, appending to it the most recent aircraft location and attitude information. This appended information serves as a time stamp for the comments and observations. The data acquisition programs also send the names, start, and stop times of their data files to the server, tagged with their instrument identifier, removing the need to log manually this critical information.

This work was done by Steven J. Dinardo, Seth L. Chazanoff, and Charles E. Miller of Caltech for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Dan Broderick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Refer to NPO-48397.