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An Autonomous Flight Safety SystemThe Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS) being developed by NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center s Wallops Flight Facility and Kennedy Space Center has completed two successful developmental flights and is preparing for a third. AFSS has been demonstrated to be a viable architecture for implementation of a completely vehicle based system capable of protecting life and property in event of an errant vehicle by terminating the flight or initiating other actions. It is capable of replacing current human-in-the-loop systems or acting in parallel with them. AFSS is configured prior to flight in accordance with a specific rule set agreed upon by the range safety authority and the user to protect the public and assure mission success. This paper discusses the motivation for the project, describes the method of development, and presents an overview of the evolving architecture and the current status.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bull, James B. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Lanzi, Raymond J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 24, 2007
Subject Category
Space Transportation and Safety
Meeting Information
AIAA Missile Sciences Conference(Monterey, CA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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