Adaptive Supervisory Engine for Autonomous Formation Flying GNC

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC04CA89C
Agency Tracking Number: 035492
Amount: $69,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: S3.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Co Inc
500 West Cummings Park Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801-6580
Duns: 859244204
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Sanjeev Seereeram
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Raman Mehra
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Research Institution
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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