March 21, 2019

About MOC

We are one of the very few higher education institutions with our own Multi-mission Operations Center (MOC), where our operators are currently managing telemetry and flight for several NASA satellites at once. SSL has implemented a fully integrated and highly automated ground data system supporting mission and science operations, mission design, navigation, and ground station operations. Our mission controllers are experts in the spacecraft and instruments they operate, working closely with principal investigators and science teams to configure and maintain the orbiting spacecraft and deliver science data to the ground. When scientists want to collect a certain kind of measurement, the controllers figure out how to build the command sequences to make the spacecraft achieve their goals. The controllers test the command sequences out on our simulator, and then upload them to the spacecraft from our MOC. To communicate with the spacecraft, we can use our own dedicated ground station in addition to ground stations worldwide that are part of the Near Earth Network (NEN), Deep Space Network (DSN), and NASA Space Network (SN).

The mission operations center at SSL includes the following highlights:

  • Fully integrated and unified multi-mission ground system
  • ITOS/Galaxy command and control systems, common to all missions operated at UCB/SSL
  • Efficient and reliable systems automation with lights-out operations support
  • Availability of the local Berkeley Ground Station allowing flexibility with asset scheduling
  • Extensive knowledge of interfacing to and scheduling of assets across multiple integrated communications networks, including NASA/NEN/SN/DSN, SSC/USN, KSAT and others
  • Experience with Delta launch operations (EUVE, CHIPS and THEMIS)
  • Experience with Pegasus launch operations (FAST, RHESSI, NuSTAR; ICON interface tests, pre-launch testing and simulations were completed)
  • Very experienced and cross-trained operations team with a broad knowledge base covering a variety of spacecraft architectures
  • Teaming experience with supporting all phases of spacecraft bus, payload and observatory integration and testing
  • Expertise with operating three-axis stabilized spacecraft (EUVE, CHIPS, NuSTAR; ICON pre-launch simulations and testing completed)
  • Experience with operating up to eight NASA spacecraft simultaneously
  • Experience with science payload deployment and operations
  • Experience with resolving on-orbit anomalies on multiple spacecraft
  • Experience and proven track record with delivering high-quality science data
  • Extensive reuse of mission operations and flight dynamics procedures and documentation
  • Low operational risk based on proven ground systems and operations team experience