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Lab Test Orchestration Architecture Supports Heterogeneous Software Testing
August 16, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed a Web-based application that supports laboratory testing. The Automation Hooks Architecture (AHA) infrastructure provides an architecture and interface standard for integrating heterogeneous software modules into a cohesive test configuration. AHA provides an infrastructure that allows test articles and equipment from multiple contractors to be integrated into test labs more easily. There are three parts to the infrastructure: an interface standard, a test flow and data management tool, and a logical test element implementation. The innovation combines several emerging technologies in a synergistic way to create a flexible, scalable, and easy-to-implement test orchestration infrastructure. Through its use of emerging Web services protocols, certain elements can be accessed with a variety of off-the-shelf commercial software. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.


  • Flexible: Allows efficient integration of multiple test articles and equipment
  • Economical: Reduces operating costs for system and subsystem integration test operation
  • Open: Uses technology solutions that are non-proprietary, endorsed by user communities, supported by the test industry, and are language and operating system independent


  • Organizations with requirements for automation-assisted system-level, run-once, and investigative testing of complex integrated systems-including the aerospace and defense industries, network test laboratories, and factory automation system integrators

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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