LOGS (procedures)

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MC-LOGS Procedures

Job Description

LOGS must record, with timestamp, all interesting occurances during the mission, especially those pertaining to Mission Control and plans to control the mission.

Because there is often a chatlog from AUXCOM, LOGS is not required to contain all the details of the current situation, and should be considered a minute by minute summary.

Log Worthy Events

This list is not exhaustive:

  • Launch
  • Engine Burn
  • Docking
  • Depressurization
  • Permissions given by Mission Control
  • Requests from the Habitat
  • Shift change outside of normal procedure

Unworthy Events

This list is not exhaustive:

LOG Header

The top of each log file should contain the following template, filled out appropriately by the first person to man LOGS.

Earth Date   (E.g. March 26, 2010)
Mission Type (Mini, Training, Main)
Mission Name (Alpha, Revenge, Coronis, etc.)

Destination: Mission Destination
Purpose:     1. Mission Goal #1
             2. Mission Goal #2
             3. Mission Goal #3 (see: associated documentation)
MCCom:      Mission Control Commander's full name
HabCom:     Habitat Commander's full name
SubCom:     Habitat Sub-Commander's full name
Astros:     Other astronauts. Full names.

Note that the Simulator Commander's full name should be appended to the LOG on a line indicated by "SimCom:" after the mission is completed. This delay is to preserve mission integrity.

Stations Check

Mission Control Check

It is the responsibility of MC LOGS to remind the Flight Director at 20 minute intervals to verify that each station in Mission Control is manned by an appropriate staff member, and that all stations report green.

Example MC Shift Monitoring

2013 - LOGS reminds FLIGHT to perform station check.
                Position      Name           Status
                FLIGHT        Ramclam        Green
                CAPCOM        Evans          Green
                AUXCOM        stand-by       stand-by
                EECOM         Pelletier      Red
                GUIDO         Pelletier      Green
                ENG           De Young       Orange
                LOGS          De Young       Green

                FLIGHT Sign-off: Issues same as previous check.                                     
  • Position:
    • As shown.
  • Name:
    • The surname of the Mission Controller responsible for that station, including duplicates.
  • Status:
    • Either Green, Orange, Red, or Stand-by
      • Green: All is well
      • Orange: Minor malfunction or concern. (E.g. ln1 is grey on the Power Grid because the astronauts turned it off)
      • Red: A major malfunction has occured. (E.g. The Hotlab has no interior air pressure, and this issue has not yet been resolved.)
      • Stand-by: This station is not being monitored, or is not able to report their status.

Habitat Check

It is the responsibility of MC LOGS to remind the Flight Director at 30 minute intervals to verify that all stations in the Habitat are manned by an appropriate Astronaut. In addition, during this check, each piece of software should be tested to ensure that Mission Control is receiving the correct telemetry from the Habitat. Testing the software consists of verifying that all software reads the same time as all the software in the habitat with accounting for the 5s lag in updates.

Logging Best Practices

At the start of a new day on Earth, the log should read

End   of DAY X
Start of DAY Y

Timestamps should be in HHMM corresponding to a 24-hour clock. This means that 8:32 pm would be logged as 2032.

Following the timestamp should be a space, dash, and space.

The Logger should identify himself upon taking over logs and upon ceding logs to the next logger.

Record the launch and landing times as exactly as possible, to the second.

Start the log entry with the person who is performing the action and not the person who is receiving. I.e. if the Habitat asks for permission, the log entry starts with "Habitat asks," and if MC grants it, that entry starts with "MC grants" and not "Habitat is granted"

Example Log

Start of DAY 1
1230 - Ms. Alice on MC LOGS
1232 - Habitat requests permission to Launch
1233 - MC grants permission to Launch
1235 - SRBs engaged
1236 - Hab at 300km from Earth
1237 - SRBs disengaged
1237 - Hab Engines at 100% in ccwPrograde
1238 - Astronauts report loud impacts on C&C roof
1239 - Hab Engines at 0%
1240 - ENG reports RAD shields malfunctioning
1241 - EECOM reports decompression in C&C
1243 - EECOM reports internal radiation at 4.23E-09 S/s and climbing
1244 - Astronauts evacuated to Interlock
1246 - CAPCOM reports loss of communication
1313 - Ms. Alice cedes MC LOGS
1314 - Mr. Bob on MC LOGS

Unofficial Logs

It is also the job of LOGS to record unofficial occurrences in the unofficial logs. This includes such things as unprofessional behaviour that is particularly amusing, events relating to time acceleration, or anything noteworthy that in some way impinges on Mission Integrity.