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Ground & Flight Data Systems Group


The Ground & Flight Data Systems (GFDS) Group creates systems to facilitate transmission and processing of data between spacecraft, rovers, satellites, ground control, and distributed mission teams. Data ranges from communications, telemetry, and Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) data, to planetary, astrophysical, medical, and biological science research data and analytics. Ground processing of data is accomplished by science pipeline data systems, which transform raw, uncorrected, uncalibrated data into usable products for the science community. GFDS designs systems to satisfy carefully defined and documented user requirements involving the secure handling of sensitive and irreplaceable mission data. The group supports space and planetary exploration missions, as well as Earth and space sciences, small satellite, and aeronautics missions and projects.

Active Projects

  • Capabilities for Online Anomaly Detection (COAD): Development of data-driven anomaly detection models to monitor operations of Exploration Ground System’s Pad B Continental blower/motor skids
  • Open Mission Control Technologies (Open MCT): An open-sourced, web-based mission control framework for data visualization [+ More]
  • Rodent Research Software: Develops and maintains software to support flight of rodents for scientific research on the International Space Station
  • Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Mission Controls and Communications System (MCCS): A flight system that provides situation awareness and enables users to command the infrared telescope [+ More]
  • Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) Ground Data Systems (GDS): The ground data system, the software, hardware and infrastructure necessary to fly the mission [+ More]
  • Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) Mission Operations Systems (MOS): The Mission Operations System for the VIPER Lunar Rover Mission, that will search for water at the South Pole of the Moon. The MOS is the people and processes for the mission control center to fly the mission [+ More]

Archived Projects

  • Ames’ International Space Station Biological Science Payload Operations: Provides software support, communications support, and facilities coordination to payload operators
  • Exploration Medical Capability (ExMC) Medical Data Architecture: A data system supporting astronaut medical needs during exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit
  • Kepler / Kepler 2 Data Pipelines: Provides a complete science data processing pipeline solution for the Kepler and K2 exoplanet surveys [+ More]
  • Resource Prospector Ground Data System: Develops the ground data software system integral to all mission operations functions, including command and control, planning, and driving of the rover
  • Resource Prospector Mission Operations System: Design, training, and operations for mission control, mission processes, procedures, and flight rules
  • Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Data Pipeline: Provides a complete science data processing pipeline solution for the TESS exoplanet survey [+ More]


Group Lead
Jay Trimble

Group Members
Susan Blumenberg
Robert Carvahlo
Matt Deans
Hassan Eslami
Charles Hacskaylo
Andrew Henry
Sarah Hobart
Tom Kilsdank
Tristan Le
Masoud Mansouri-Samani
Jesse Mazzella
Vickie Moore
John Rasmussen
Mark Rose
Mark Shirley
Hao Thai
Jamie Vigliotta
Karen West
May Windrem
Shawn Wolfe
Brian Yu