AgentCommand: A Control Center for Autonomous Distributed Satellite Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA1458
Amount: $68,771.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
33 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Derek Surka
 Technical Staff
 (703) 237-8484
 dmsurka@psatellite.com
Business Contact
 Michael Paluszek
Title: President
Phone: (609) 279-9606
Email: map@psatellite.com
Research Institution
N/A
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.

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