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The Applications of NASA Mission Technologies to the Greening of Human ImpactI will give an overview talk about flight software systems, robotics technologies and modeling for energy minimization as applied to vehicles and buildings infrastructures. A dominant issue in both design and operations of robotic spacecraft is the minimization of energy use. In the design and building of spacecraft increased power is acquired only at the cost of additional mass and volumes and ultimately cost. Consequently, interplanetary spacecrafts are designed to have the minimum essential power and those designs often incorporate careful timing of all power use. Operationally, the availability of power is the most influential constraint for the use of planetary surface robots, such as the Mars Exploration Rovers. The amount of driving done, the amount of science accomplished and indeed the survivability of the spacecraft itself is determined by the power available for use. For the Mars Exploration Rovers there are four tools which are used: (1) models of the rover and it s thermal and power use (2) predictive environmental models of power input and thermal environment (3) fine grained manipulation of power use (4) optimization modeling and planning tools. In this talk I will discuss possible applications of this methodology to minimizing power use on Earth, especially in buildings.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Sims, Michael H. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
April 21, 2009
Subject Category
Technology Utilization and Surface Transportation
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
NASA Research Park and Ames Research Center Exploration and Sustainability Expo(Moffett Field, CA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 361426.02.01.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.