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Onboard Short-Term Plan Viewer Supports ISS Real-Time Operations
August 16, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed a Web-based application to support the International Space Station (ISS) program's real-time operations. The Onboard Short Term Plan Viewer (OSTPV) Version 4.0 contains the integrated ISS mission schedule for use in NASA's Mission Control Center (MCC) and onboard the ISS. OSTVP displays all ISS activities (onboard and ground) in an integrated timeline. The MCC team electronically uplinks changes to the crew timeline multiple times a day, making OSTPV an integral part of the ISS program's daily operations. It is used extensively by the MCC, onboard the ISS, and by other NASA Centers and international partners. Major advancements in the most recent release include improved and integrated data-sharing capability (such as with the Planning Products Change Request application), an enhanced user interface that allows large amounts of data to be organized for the ISS crew, and improved network performance.


  • Accessible: Features a Web-based application, making mission plans available to users from international partners, the MCC, other NASA centers, and the ISS crew
  • Flexible: Allows the MCC to "snapshot" updates frequently, while allowing the ISS crew to provide continuous feedback
  • Adaptable: Provides support for several leading development technologies to customize the user interface
  • Real-time: Helps teams manage the dynamic ISS mission environment based on continuous updates from the MCC and the ISS crew
  • Reliable: Maintains OSTPV data accurately at all times for crew and ground operations, using a relational database that supports large amounts of data
  • Proven: Responds quickly and consistently to support crew and ground operations 7x24x365


  • Complex space operations with environments similar to the ISS
  • Hospitals with multiple surgical/operating rooms to staff and maintain
  • Manufacturing facilities processing multiple products on the same manufacturing line
  • Chemical plants manufacturing several different or specialized products
  • Airlines that manage a large number of resources and schedules including schedule for flight crews, flight hardware, catering supplies, fuel, luggage, and maintenance equipment and personnel

Licensing and Partnering Opportunity

This technology is being made available through JSC's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA's technology transfer program, please contact:

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
NASA's Johnson Space Center
Phone: 281-483-3809
E-mail: jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov

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