Spacecraft and instrument health and safety is monitored at the Project
Operations and Control Center (POCC), located at the LASP Space
Technology Research Building at the University of Colorado. The OASIS-CC software package, which was developed at LASP, is used for all monitoring
functions. Flight controllers also use this software to prepare and transmit
commands to the spacecraft. Most of the activities during a spacecraft
pass are coordinated using procedures written in CSTOL, a subsidiary language
of the OASIS-CC software package. Prior to launch, the student flight controllers
and flight engineers developed and tested the CSTOL procedures for both
normal spacecraft operations and contingency operations. OASIS is also
used for all integration and test functions.
After a pass, all of the data from the spacecraft are processed and
made available to the flight engineers and instrument scientists, who monitor
the long-term health of the satellite and its instruments. Any commands
needed to update spacecraft operations are prepared by the flight engineers.
Commands are encoded into CSTOL procedures and transferred to the flight
controllers, who run the procedures to send the commands during a pass.
Orbit and attitude determination is performed by specialists on the flight
Students are involved in all aspects of mission operations. The flight
controllers who monitor and control the satellite in real time and the
flight engineers who analyze spacecraft performance and plan and schedule
spacecraft operations are students. The LASP POCC is staffed for a single
shift each day, 7 days per week, during normal working hours.