The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) expressed its concern about the integrated computer testing capabilities across the three separate programs under the Exploration Systems Development (ESD) division of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), Orion, and Space Launch System (SLS) programs under ESD are working together to accomplish upcoming Artemis lunar missions, but have been independently funded and managed throughout their post-Constellation program formulations.
During the ASAP’s fourth quarterly meeting of 2020, the panel highlighted the absence of the ability to test a complete set of the flight computer avionics and software that will fly on upcoming Artemis launches, which includes not just those ESD program components, but also United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Common Avionics computer system. In the aftermath of the computer software in-flight anomalies on Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-1 (OFT-1) mission last December, the panel agreed with points made in an internal NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) report and recommended establishing the resources for end-to-end, integrated testing of all the flight computer systems.
ASAP observations on applying OFT-1 lessons
The ASAP meets on a quarterly basis; following private briefings by NASA representatives from different agency directorates, the Federal Advisory Committee Act ...