Autonomous and Autonomic Systems: With Applications to NASA Intelligent Spacecraft Operations and Exploration Systems [electronic resource] : With Applications to NASA Intelligent Spacecraft Operations and Exploration Systems / by Walt Truszkowski, Harold Hallock, Christopher Rouff, Jay Karlin, James Rash, Michael Hinchey, Roy Sterritt.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: NASA Monographs in Systems and Software Engineering: Publisher: London : Springer London : Imprint: Springer, 2010Description: XVII, 289p. 112 illus., 56 illus. in color. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781846282331Subject(s): Engineering | Artificial intelligence | Computer simulation | Astronautics | Engineering | Aerospace Technology and Astronautics | Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics) | Simulation and ModelingAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 629.1 LOC classification: TL787-4050.22Online resources: Click here to access online
From the contents Part I Background -- Introduction -- Direction of New Space Missions -- Overview of Flight and Ground Software -- Flight vs. Ground Implementation -- Flight Autonomy Evolution -- Current Levels of Flight Automation/Autonomy.-Ground Autonomy Evolution -- Agent Concept Testbed -- Part II Technology -- Core Technologies for Developing Autonomous and Autonomic Systems -- Reasoning with Partial Information -- Agent-based Spacecraft Autonomy Design Concepts -- Spacecraft Enabling Technologies -- Cooperative Autonomy -- Need for Cooperative Autonomy in Space Missions -- Autonomic Systems -- Overview of Autonomic Systems -- Part III Applications -- Intelligent Agents in Space Constellations -- Swarms in Space Missions -- Swarm Technologies at NASA -- Concluding Remarks -- Future Missions -- Appendix A: Attitude and Orbit Determination and Control -- Appendix B: Operational Scenarios and Agent Interactions -- Acronyms -- Glossary -- References -- Index.
Technologies enabling autonomous and autonomic behaviors of spacecraft have steadily progressed, but, as argued in this book, need to be extended much farther to enable success of the most advanced un-crewed space-mission concepts in the future. This book describes these technologies and their relevance not only for NASA space missions that have flown, but also for advanced future mission concepts. Early parts of the book present general background information on space missions that have flown, including mission design and operations, followed by descriptions of future mission concepts, all in relation to autonomy and autonomic capabilities. Readers will find chapters on flight and ground software and evolution of flight and ground autonomy, as well as chapters on technologies for developing autonomic systems, agent-based autonomy, cooperative autonomy, constellation missions, and swarm missions. One appendix covers spacecraft attitude and orbit determination and control, and a second appendix describes operational scenarios supported by agent interactions. No specialized background is needed to absorb the material in this book. The material is relevant to students in aerospace science or engineering, and is a useful source of supplementary material for more advanced engineering courses.