Odyssey Engineers Recognized for NASA Software of the Year

September 26, 2016: Odyssey Engineers Alan Asp and Guy deCarufel were recently recognized for their work on “Generic Command and Telemetry Applications CI-TO” with a runner-up award during NASA’s Software of the Year competition.

Every year, each NASA center selects their best software to enter in this prestigious award competition designed to recognize developers of exceptional software created for or by NASA. The Software of the Year Award competition allows NASA to recognize and appreciate the teams that set high standards for significant software. Alan and Guy’s work won the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Software of the Year Competition and went on to represent JSC in this year’s national competition.

“Generic Command and Telemetry Applications CI-TO” is an extensible framework for general-purpose, configurable, telemetry output (TO) and command ingest (CI) Core Flight System (cFS,) applications. These applications, and their supporting I/O library, are being used on several current and future space mission projects and were designed to enable software reuse.

Congratulations to Alan and Guy for this prestigious award!

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Inaugural Odyssey Pool Party

Pool_swimmingJuly 16, 2016: Pool_foodOdyssey employees and families tried to beat the Houston heat with a dip in the Nassau Bay community pool, just down the street from the main OSR offices. We enjoyed lunch featuring homemade barbecue brisket and cherry pie. A not very intense game of volleyball rounded out the activities for the day. A great time was had by all!

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Successful End to OA-6 Mission!

Orbital_Sciences_CRS_Flight_6_PatchJune 22, 2016: The Orbital ATK Cygnus has successfully completed the OA-6 mission, its fifth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and its longest to date. Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex as Cygnus was released and departed from ISS on June 14, with release occurring at 13:30 GMT. Re-entry followed on June 22, with successful destructive re-entry completed at 13:05 GMT. Odyssey’s role in Cygnus development was extensive, including Systems Engineering design support, Concept of Operations development, Robotic Capture design and analysis, and Independent Verification and Validation of all safety critical software. Congratulations to the entire Orbital ATK and NASA team! For more information on Cygnus and the OA-6 mission, visit the Cygnus website: http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/CRS

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Odyssey Welcomes Summer Interns

June 13, 2016: Odyssey Space Research is pleased to welcome Deep Mukherji and Trevor Sigmund this summer! Deep is working on a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas with a focus on finding AI solutions to problems in human-robot interactions. Trevor is studying for his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with an emphasis on AI and robotics. Deep and Trevor will spend the summer working on challenging projects involving detailed simulation and analysis of spacecraft GNC and trajectories. Odyssey looks forward to a great summer with Deep and Trevor!

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Dragon CRS-8 Successful Mission!

May 11, 2016: SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed the eighth of its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Odyssey engineers supported from the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Complex today as Dragon was released by ISS this morning at 13:19 GMT. Dragon re-entered a few hours later, successfully splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 18:31 GMT. Odyssey’s role in Dragon development was extensive, including Dragon Guidance Navigation and Control (GN&C) and System Engineering design support, as well as Independent Verification and Validation of all safety critical software. Congratulations to the entire SpaceX and NASA team! For more information on the SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 mission, visit the SpaceX website: http://www.spacex.com

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Odyssey Bowling Night

Main_EventMay 10, 2016: Odyssey employees and their families headed to the Main Event in Webster for a quick evening of bowling. We had some high roller bowlers and some that will continue to brush up those skills. All had a great time!

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