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A Spacelab Expert System for Remote Engineering and ScienceNASA's space science program is based on strictly pre-planned activities. This approach does not always result in the best science. We describe an existing computer system that enables space science to be conducted in a more reactive manner through advanced automation techniques that have recently been used in SLS-2 October 1993 space shuttle flight. Advanced computing techniques, usually developed in the field of Artificial Intelligence, allow large portions of the scientific investigator's knowledge to be "packaged" in a portable computer to present advice to the astronaut operator. We strongly believe that this technology has wide applicability to other forms of remote science/engineering. In this brief article, we present the technology of remote science/engineering assistance as implemented for the SLS-2 space shuttle flight. We begin with a logical overview of the system (paying particular attention to the implementation details relevant to the use of the embedded knowledge for system reasoning), then describe its use and success in space, and conclude with ideas about possible earth uses of the technology in the life and medical sciences.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Groleau, Nick (RECOM Technologies, Inc. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Colombano, Silvano (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Friedland, Peter
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Meeting Information
1995 AIAA/NASA Life Sciences and Space Medicine Conference(Houston, TX)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 233-02-07
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.