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An Intelligent Autonomous Executive for cFS Distributed Spacecraft Missions

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CG21P
Agency Tracking Number: 150297
Amount: $124,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T11.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1405
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brendan O'Connor
 Vice President
 (301) 345-1535
Business Contact
 Everett Cary
Title: Business Official
Phone: (301) 345-1535
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Alan George
Room 327, Larsen Hall, 968 Center Drive POB 116200
Gainesville, FL 32611-6200
United States

 (352) 392-5225
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM) have become increasingly important in the effort to extend the capabilities of instruments to gather critical Earth and Space science data. DSMs, which include constellations, formations and clusters, have already been employed and have been proposed for several future space science missions. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a current Solar-terrestrial Probe mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft flying in a relatively close formation to study the Earth?s magnetosphere. Although they open up new science frontiers and new possibilities for satellite design, constellations will be limited if their operations costs scale with the number of satellites. A key enabling technology for future DSMs will be their ability to operate with a level of autonomy to leverage the capabilities of a standard-sized team of satellite operators to safely operate a fleet of satellites. Our innovation is the development of a cFS App suite, called the Distributed Automation Suite for Heuristic Execution and Response (DASHER), which extends the current state of the art in onboard automation for spacecraft flight software. The main component of DASHER is a mission manager that can execute science observation and engineering plans intelligently. DASHER uses a common planning language to intelligently execute plans.

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