Form 9.B Project Summary






Project Title:

Intranet/Internet Accessible Inventory

Management System (IA-IMS) for

On-Board and Ground Based Mission


Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

APTEK proposes an innovative approach for

accessing real-time spacecraft and ground

operations inventory data using Java and the

Intranet/Internet. Our approach uses

object-oriented Internet technology to enable

astronauts, ground support and mission training

personnel to efficiently and accurately manage their

inventory. This is innovative in that for the first

time, inventory data will be accessible from any

computer connected to the Internet that is capable

of running a Java-aware Web browser. With

extensive security measures in place, astronauts,

ground support, and other authorized personnel

from around the world can have real-time access to

the on-board Inventory Management System (IMS)

for scientific and/or educational purposes. In

addition, hard to represent storage configurations

will be more accurately modeled using the powerful

graphics available through Internet technology. The

proposed improvement to the current IMS will

increase overall crew and ground operations

performance and productivity and reduce inventory

management costs by providing the following

specific benefits to NASA: 1) Improved distribution

and reliability of data; 2) Reduced support and

maintenance costs; 3) Reduced hardware and

networking costs; 4) Reduced learning curve for

IMS operations; 5) Improved habitability of

extended space missions; 6) Increased availability

throughout NASA and to other educational and

scientific communities.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The proposed APTEK Intranet/Internet

Accessible-Inventory Management System

(IA-IMS) innovation has significant commercial

potential for both the government and the private

sectors. For the government, the IA-IMS will

provide a software system which is accessed via the

Internet whereby all participants on a project can

have instantaneous access to the identical

inventory information associated with that project.

A key feature of the innovation proposed is the

Java software capability. The Java software allows

a central data base to reside on a central computer

and the capability to rapidly download the

information of interest to individual clients. The

initial commercial application is envisioned to be for

NASA in support of the International Space Station

(ISS) project. All foreign and domestic researchers

and mission operations personnel associated with

the ISS can access the current inventory on board

the ISS. Additional commercial activities exist

whenever multiple remote operations are concerned

with a central inventory. This is a characteristic of

virtually every large corporation, particularly those

with international operations. Military logistics and

operations are another prime example where the

APTEK IA-IMS software can produce a significant

reduction in operating costs and an increase in

efficiency. Thus the potential markets for the

IA-IMS software are huge.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Carolyn M. Yeager


1257 Lake Plaza Drive

Colorado Springs , CO 80906

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Eugene A. Fitzgerald


1257 Lake Plaza Drive

Colorado Springs , CO 80906