Planning for Deep Space Network Operations

Randall Hill Jr., Steve Chien, Crista Smyth, Kristina Fayyad and Trish Santos

We are developing a plan construction and plan execution monitoring system to automate the operation of the communications link in NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). The objectives of this effort are: (1) to archive knowledge of operations procedures; (2) provide a capability to assist in execution monitoring; and (3) provide a capability for automatically constructing the plan to be executed and monitored based on an augmented sequence of events (SOE). This paper describes the application area of DSN antenna operations, describes the plan representation of a Temporal Dependence Network (TDN), outlines the knowledgengineering tools being constructed to facilitate in representing DSN operations procedures, and describes preliminary work in automated TDN generation.

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