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NASA JPL Internship Opportunity: Deep Space Network Cross Support Research and Development

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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AO Number (Required in subject line of email application): 823. Desired Number of Participants: 1 Background Information: The Deep Space Network (DSN) is composed of three spacecraft tracking centers in California, Spain and Australia. Each center tracks spacecraft up to the far reaches of space 24 hours/7-days/week and is manned by human operations. Some of the protocols and operations concepts are shared by other space agencies. The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) promotes the use of shared approaches and protocols to enable spacecraft operations support across agencies from multiple countries.
Project Description: Learn about and participate in the development of new approaches for future mission operations concepts through the research and development of space link protocols. Learn about the CCSDS international standards as they apply to spacecraft communication and ground systems management. Work with others in development of formal models, making use of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), as part of international standards development.

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Suggested/required Background/skills, Courses: Software background and experience with XML, UML, formal modeling tools. An interest in software design and system engineering.

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