GMSEC MISSION STATEMENT
The Goddard Mission Services Evolution
Center (GMSEC) mission is an integrated effort across multiple GSFC
organizations to provide GSFC mission services. GMSEC provides mission enabling, cost and risk reducing data system
solutions applicable to current and future missions managed by GSFC.
GMSEC will enable the continued recognition of GSFC as a leader in
space mission expertise and services.
GMSEC was established in 2001 to coordinate ground and flight system data systems development and services at GSFC.
GMSEC is now available as open source!
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released its publish-subscribe system integration architecture, specification and message bus middleware through the GSFC Open Source website.
- Simplify development, integration, and testing
- Facilitate technology infusion over time
- Support evolving development and operational concepts
- Allow for mix of heritage, COTS, and new components while avoiding vendor lock-in
GMSEC Frequently Asked Questions
- Standardize interfaces - not components
- Provide a middleware infrastructure
- Allow users to choose - GMSEC doesn't decide which components are best nor dictate which components a mission must use. It's the mission/user's choice!
- The Air Force, NRO, ORS and others are now recognizing the benefits of these simple concepts and are each working with NASA/GSFC’s GMSEC Team.
These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding of GMSEC, our software, and our other technical tools. They provide basic information, sometimes about fairly complex topics, and will link to more detailed information.
GMSEC applies modern development approaches to ground system applications
- Single Strategic Direction for Ground System Development
- Coordinated Interface with Earth Sciences & Space Sciences Directorates and their Missions
- Infrastructure and GMSEC Architecture
- Mission Services Upgrades
- Technology Infusion
SCOPE OF SUPPORT
In an effort to improve how the GSFC development organizations provide
mission data systems support for the Earth Sciences and Space Sciences
Directorates, the GMSEC project was divided into three major
categories of support, each receiving equal distributions of
funding. Infrastructure and GMSEC Architecture provides solution-based
Reference Architecture to address end-to-end ground system and flight
data system needs. It also provides development Labs and Lab infrastructure
support. Mission Services and Upgrades provide mission-specific
upgrades and general support to ongoing missions and their support
labs. Lastly, Technology Infusion provides development of
new capabilities and technologies that will benefit current and/or
future missions. These areas facilitate current missions as well
as pave the way for future missions.
BROAD BASED PARTICIPATION
Flight software to end-users technical support provided by many development Branches
Funding support from Earth Sciences and Space Sciences Directorates
Communications established with vendors, NASA centers, standards groups
Teamed with industry leading contractors
GMSEC Organization and Key Relationships
A major factor contributing to the success of the GMSEC initiative
is having a strong project team in place whose function is the development
and maintenance of key relationships with the GMSEC stakeholders,
customers, and contributing technical groups. GMSEC by itself is
not a development project per se; it relies heavily on other organizations
and groups to provide programmatic guidance and technical expertise.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon the GMSEC project team to foster a
strong relationship with all entities that have GMSEC ties or interests.
The figure below depicts the major organizations that the GMSEC project
works with in achieving its goals and objectives.
gmsec flow diag shows funds flowing thru GMSEC to implementors
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