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Autonomous Systems


Autonomous and robotic systems are a critical capability in all of NASA's mission areas including Aeronautics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Human Spaceflight and will be more pervasive in the future. Current systems are primarily automated, able to respond to a predicted set of conditions and require human interaction and control. The goal of this topic area is to develop technologies and capabilities that will lead fully autonomous systems that are able to learn and adapt to changes in their environment that were not predicted to accomplish the mission goals with minimal or no human involvement required, particularly if communication delays are significant or unavailable. Specific capabilities include perception, cognition, and mobility/manipulation to enable Multi-robotic systems, Atmospheric Flight and Remote Sensing and Navigation in GNSS-Denied Environments.
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