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Advancing Autonomous Operations Technologies for NASA MissionsThis paper discusses the importance of implementing advanced autonomous technologies supporting operations of future NASA missions. The ability for crewed, uncrewed and even ground support systems to be capable of mission support without external interaction or control has become essential as space exploration moves further out into the solar system. The push to develop and utilize autonomous technologies for NASA mission operations stems in part from the need to reduce operations cost while improving and increasing capability and safety. This paper will provide examples of autonomous technologies currently in use at NASA and will identify opportunities to advance existing autonomous technologies that will enhance mission success by reducing operations cost, ameliorating inefficiencies, and mitigating catastrophic anomalies.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Cruzen, Craig
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Thompson, Jerry Todd
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
March 2, 2013
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence And Robotics
Report/Patent Number
IEEEAC Paper 2080
Meeting Information
2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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