Inspiration for Future Autonomous Space Systems
NASA is embarking on a new phase of space exploration. In the solar system, an initial reconnaissance of all of the planets except Pluto has been accomplished. In the next phase of planetary exploration, the emphasis will be on direct, i.e., in-situ scientific investigation in the remote environments. In the next phase of astrophysics investigation, the emphasis is on new observing instruments, often based on principles of interferometry, to accomplish unprecedented resolution in remote observing. A theme that runs through all of these science missions is the search for life.
The development of autonomy capabilities is on the critical path to addressing a set of vastly important strategic technical challenges arising from the future NASA mission set: reduction of mission costs, increased efficiency in the return of quality science products, and the launching of a new era of solar system exploration characterized by sustained presence, in-situ science investigations and missions accomplished via multiple, coordinated space platforms. These new classes of space exploration missions, as a rule, require new capabilities and technologies.
KeywordsRemote Environment Planetary Exploration Mission Concept Jovian Magnetosphere IEEE Intelligent System
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