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TS21 Award Ceremony recognizing METECS employees Angela Reeves & Thomas Brain.

Congratulations on the completion of the TS21 Project!  The TS21 project involved building a simulation of all major ISS systems that is used to train Astronauts in the Space Station Training Facility (SSTF) along with ISS Flights Controllers, Payload Operators, Commercial Partners, and International Partners.  METECS was heavily involved with the software architecture decisions, requirements definition, model creation, and software integration throughout the entire TS21 project.  TS21 uses software packages including mREST, Pong, and MBDyn.  METECS made significant contributions to the project with its role in the Systems Engineering, Flight Software, Graphics, Dynamics, Robotics, Infrastructure, and Mechanisms teams.
During a TS21 Award Ceremony on May 9th, 9 METECS employees were recognized with a TS21 Group Achievement Award from the Flight Operations Division (FOD).  Also, Thomas Brain and Angela Reeves were each recognized individually in this ceremony for their “outstanding achievement in leading the definition, testing, and deployment of the Training Systems for the 21st Century Project”.  In addition to that, TS21 is the recipient of the JSC Exceptional Software Award for 2019 in the category of “Flight and Flight Support”.  TS21 was also chosen to represent JSC in the 2019 NASA Software of the Year competition.
Although the TS21 project is technically complete, METECS is still working on TS21 software sustaining and integrating the dual-arm Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) robot model they helped build into the simulation.
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METECS is supporting NASA in testing the designs of 5 lunar gateway habitats

Specifically, METECS provides simulation (Trick), graphics (Edge), flight software integration (CFS), and ground testing infrastructure (mREST) capabilities that are used in the evaluation of each design.  A team of contractors including METECS put together a common simulation and test architecture that was duplicated and is taken to each location where the habitat testing occurs.  The Northrop Grumman test was performed at JSC and just wrapped up.  Here is a summary of the companies and the testing locations:
Lockheed Martin – Kennedy Space Center, FloridaNorthrop Grumman – Johnson Space Center, TexasBoeing – Marshall Spaceflight Center, AlabamaSierra Nevada, Corp – Johnson Space Center, TexasBigelow Aerospace – Las Vegas, Nevada

Read more about it at https://www.space.com/nasa-lunar-gateway-habitat-designs-testing.html

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