The Mission Controls and Communications System provides the communications infrastructure and mission operations framework to conduct science missions aboard the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. There are several key philosophies that are driving the design and development of the MCCS. The two main design philosophies are to maximize the use of proven Commercial-Off-The-Shelf technologies to ensure cost effectiveness during development and to be scaleable to accommodate the changing operational and system requirements over the Observatory's expected 20 year operational lifetime.
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