Woburn, MA (May 31, 2007) – Extensive photographs, video footage and other imaging assets are critical to the safety of NASA's space shuttle missions. NASA Images Analysis Teams (IAT) use the Baseline Configuration Imagery's 14 megapixel highresolution camera images to detect a scratch as small as 1/20,000th of an inch. These baseline images document the pre-flight condition of the shuttle, and include images of all 28,000 tiles on the exterior of the shuttle as well as the "reinforced carbon carbon" (RCC) that encases and protects the leading edge of the shuttle's wings and nose.
Hundreds of individuals across NASA need to access these imaging assets in order to monitor launch results, review design decisions and insure mission safety. Additional video footage and still images shot on orbit enable NASA engineers to compare preflight and in-flight images in order to assess functionality and highlight areas that warrant further scrutiny. For instance, if during the mission something about the shuttle appears different and perhaps damaged, pre-flight and in-flight images can be compared in order to determine if the vehicle is safe to land. An astronaut doesn't need to go outside the shuttle in order to physically inspect it.
Until recently, however, only the Image Analysis Teams staff could view these baseline images, and sometimes with delays because of the complexity of accessing them. To make the baseline images readily available outside of the IAT, NASA turned to Inmagic Presto software as the foundation of its Institutional Computerized Archiving System, or ICAS. Presto opens the baseline images for use by the broader NASA community by organizing those images and providing direct 24/7 Web-based access for all authorized users. Presto also is used to archive motion picture film and video footage captured during a mission, and in the future will be used to distribute that footage as well.
NASA Integration Lead Chuck Brown and his team explored extensive alternatives before selecting and implementing Presto research asset management software. Chuck explained that "we chose Presto because of its unique ability to archive, manage and provide broad access to imaging assets. It's an exciting use of advanced Web-based technology to improve the safety of shuttle missions."
Security considerations dictate which NASA staff are authorized to access various images. Presto's ability to establish varying degrees of security for particular images, facilities, people or other criteria also influenced NASA's decision to select Presto. "It's extremely gratifying to have Presto play a role in ensuring the safety and success of the shuttle," noted Paul J. Puzzanghera, Inmagic's President and CEO. "Presto is wellsuited to complex organizations like NASA where numerous end users are highly dependent on diverse information assets and must have Web-based access to them 24/7 regardless of where the assets or users are located."
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