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Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning Operations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CA17C
Award Amount: $599,897.00


Automation and autonomy are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. The NASA Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) has been developing several core autonomy capabilities, one of which is called a procedure representation language (PRL). PRL can be automatically translated into code that can be executed by NASA-developed autonomous executives. Another type of automation being developed by ETDP is automated planning aids. These will be needed to increase the number of missions that existing levels of flight personnel must be able to handle. But PRL has few constructs to enable automated planners and schedulers to take advantage of the procedures resulting from PRL. In Phase 1 we developed extensions to PRL to add planning information ýý resource, constraints and sub-procedural information ýý so as to produce code useable by automated planning software. In this project, we propose to develop an interactive planning aid for flight controllers to show that such an aid can process our enhanced PRL files to generate mission plans and to test their feasibility via an execution system. Besides refining our previous modeling efforts, this work will show that the availability of computer-useable planning information can lead to practical applications of NASA's automated planning efforts.

Principal Investigator:

Russell Bonasso
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David Kortenkamp
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TRACLabs Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216

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