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AgentCommand: A Control Center for Autonomous Distributed Satellite Systems

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51865
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA1458
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Princeton Satellite Systems
6 Market St. Suite 926 Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: AgentCommand: A Control Center for Autonomous Distributed Satellite Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $68,771.00
 

Abstract:

Agent-based systems, such as the ObjectAgent and TeamAgent systems developed by Princeton Satellite Systems, will facilitate the development of distributed, autonomous, and intelligent space systems. There are many advantages to using systems composed of multiple spacecraft, including greater performance, lower cost, and better fault tolerance, reconfigurability and upgradability. However, a significant disadvantage is the necessity of controlling many spacecraft simultaneously. Onboard autonomy, such as the Cluster Manager agent being developed for ObjectAgent/TeamAgent, partially alleviates this problem by creating a ¿virtual¿ satellite. In the end, however, it is still necessary for human users to interface with the system and this proposal addresses this critical area. A set of user configurable software tools will be created that enables users to easily command and monitor agent-based, multiple satellite systems, as well as perform fault detection, identification and recovery on the system. The tools will be internet-based. Although AgentCommand will be originally developed for use with the ObjectAgent software architecture, it will eventually interface with traditional flight software architectures and ground systems so that non-OA-based satellites can be included in the controlled formation.

Principal Investigator:

Derek M. Surka
Technical Staff
7032378484
dmsurka@psatellite.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Paluszek
President
6092799606
map@psatellite.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Princeton Satellite Systems, Inc.
33 Witherspoon Street Princeton, NJ 08542

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No