The Emergence of Spacecraft Autonomy

Richard J. Doyle

The challenge of space flight in NASA’s future is to enable more frequent and more intensive space exploration missions at lower cost. Nowhere is this challenge more acute than among the planetary exploration missions which JPL conducts for NASA. The launching of a new era of solar system exploration -- beyond reconnaissance -- is being designed for the first time around the concept of sustained intelligent presence on the space platforms themselves. Artificial intelligence, spacecraft engineering, mission design, software engineering and systems engineering all have a role to play in this vision, and all are being integrated in new work on spacecraft autonomy.


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