Adaptive Supervisory Engine for Autonomous Formation Flying GNC

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,989.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC04CA89C
Award Id:
71999
Agency Tracking Number:
035492
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator:
Sanjeev Seereeram
Principal Investigator
(781) 933-5355
Seereeram@ssci.com
Business Contact:
Raman Mehra
President and CEO
(781) 933-5355
rkm@ssci.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Autonomous multiple spacecraft formation flying represents a critical enabling technology for future space missions, including NASA's Space and Earth Science Enterprises. The overall goal of this effort is to develop a general-purpose, onboard Autonomous Multi-spacecraft Supervisory Engine (AMSE) for guidance, navigation and control (GNC) functions, suitable for a wide range of formation flying and distributed, multi-spacecraft missions. It will be developed using the concepts of Intelligent Systems and Hybrid Model Predictive Optimization. The proposed approach will use systematic methodologies for formation modeling, optimal resource allocation and task/activity sequencing and control. During the proposed effort, SSCI will develop and demonstrate an AMSE system for selected multiple-spacecraft formation-flying tasks, using representative constraints for onboard and formation resources. AMSE technology will provide a general framework for implementation of onboard autonomy for future multiple spacecraft missions, which is both resource and constraint-aware. The AMSE design is most relevant to distributed S/C Formation Flying missions (such as Terrestrial Planet Finder), although the concepts and technology are generically applicable to all autonomous S/C systems.

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