Advanced engineering software for in-space assembly and manned planetary spacecraftMeeting the objectives of the Lunar/Mars initiative to establish safe and cost-effective extraterrestrial bases requires an integrated software/hardware approach to operational definitions and systems implementation. This paper begins this process by taking a 'software-first' approach to systems design, for implementing specific mission scenarios in the domains of in-space assembly and operations of the manned Mars spacecraft. The technological barriers facing implementation of robust operational systems within these two domains are discussed, and preliminary software requirements and architectures that resolve these barriers are provided.
Delaquil, Donald (Rockwell International Corp. Downey, CA, United States)
Mah, Robert (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)