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Candidate functions for advanced technology implementation in the Columbus mission planning environmentThe Columbus Project is the European Space Agency's contribution to the International Space Station program. Columbus is planned to consist of three elements (a laboratory module attached to the Space Station base, a man-tended freeflyer orbiting with the Space Station base, and a platform in polar orbit). System definition and requirements analysis for Columbus are underway, scheduled for completion in mid-1990. An overview of the Columbus mission planning environment and operations concept as currently defined is given, and some of the challenges presented to software maintainers and ground segment personnel during mission operators are identified. The use of advanced technologies in system implementation is being explored. Both advantages of such solutions and potential problems they present are discussed, and the next steps to be taken by Columbus before targeting any functions for advanced technology implementation are summarized. Several functions in the mission planning process were identified as candidates for advanced technology implementation. These range from expert interaction with Columbus' data bases through activity scheduling and near-real-time response to departures from the planned timeline. Each function is described, and its potential for advanced technology implementation briefly assessed.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Loomis, Audrey
(Computer Sciences Corp. Beltsville, MD., United States)
Kellner, Albrecht
(Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm G.m.b.H. Bremen, Germany)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1988
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, The 1988 Goddard Conference on Space Applications of Artificial Intelligence
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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