Engineering Database Contents
Data associated with the thousands of engineering telemetry points on JWST are stored in the Engineering Database. The data take the form of timeseries, and they may be searched with the Engineering Database Portal by means of an identifier, or mnemonic. The mnemonics have a naming convention which has the form:
<X>indicates the system, with one of the characters:
I: for ISIM (the integrated science instrument module)
S: for Spacecraft
<Y>indicates the subsystem, instrument, controller, or component (1 to 4 letters)
<Z>indicates the telemetry name (2 to as many as 20 alphanumeric characters or underscores)
For instance, a mnemonic name beginning with
INRS_ pertains to the instrument NIRSpec,
INIS_ pertains to NIRISS;
SA_ to the spacecraft attitude control system, and so on. To search for and retrieve engineering data with these mnemonics, see the article: Using the Engineering Data Portal.
Some mnemonics are sampled at a predefined frequency, whether the value has changed or not. Others mnemonics are reported only if they have changed since the last time they were sampled (e.g., for changes of state among a small number of possible values).
Some engineering data occur in tuples, that is, two or more values may be needed to fully define an engineering quantity of interest. For instance,
SA_ZATTESTn, where the value n ranges from 1 through 4, define the coefficients of the quaternion, i.e., the 4-dimensional quantity that defines the JWST pointing and roll.
SA_ZADUCMDYdefine the commanded x- and y-position of the fine steering mirror (FSM).
Such quantities are generally analyzed together, as illustrated in the plot below for the FSM position as simulated during an exercise. See the JWST EDB Retrieval tutorial in the Using MAST APIs article for details. Be aware that engineering data as retrieved from MAST are stored one mnemonic per file.