Validating the ds1 remote agent experiment
In this paper we describe how we achieved our goals, and discuss the actual on-board demonstration in May, 199...
However, with NASAs renewed interested in unmanned space exploration, the Air Forces deployment of more sophisticated satellite constellations such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organizations (BMDO), previously the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), need for autonomous interceptors, the need for more autonomous spacecrafts has significantly increased.
In addition to the direction of these primary space organizations, other mission requirements are also driving the need for increased autonomy onboard spacecrafts including such things as the need for robotic explorers to deal with uncertainty in their environments, and increasing the potential of the science return on missions such as planet or asteroid fly-bys.
In addition to these mission requirements, various mission constraints such as an unknown space environment, low bandwidth and/or intermittent communications, autonomous operations, and operations costs are also driving the need for more autonomous spacecrafts.
There is, however, a need to balance the risk of increasing spacecraft autonomy against the potential benefit, and several of these fundamental trade-offs are examined.
Gamble and Bob Kanefsky and James Kurien and William Millar and Nicola Muscettola and Kanna Rajan and Nicolas Rouquette and Yu-wen Tung and Benjamin D.
Driven by the mission requirements associated with the deployment of more sophisticated spacecrafts, satellite constellations, and robotic explorers, the need for increased autonomy onboard the spacecraft is becoming essential.