Model-Based Resource and Mode Management for Lunar Surface Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC39P
Agency Tracking Number: 075340
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: X7.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1331 Gemini Avenue, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77058-2794
DUNS: 082847653
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michel Izygon
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 404-7256
Business Contact
 Victor Tang
Title: President
Phone: (281) 404-7222
Research Institution
The proposed project is aimed at developing a model based resource and mode management system for space robotics systems that will allow real time assessment of resources status and provide required situational awareness to execute efficiently the mission. Traditionally, resource management is being done remotely by the robotics operations team. This approach has numerous disadvantages. For instance, it does not support a more autonomous operation, it takes a longer time to complete than potentially available when the decision has to be made in real time, it has the high costs associated with a large operating team, continuously working for mission support. Ideally, such a function should be part of a full Integrated System Health Management (ISHM), but while a lot of research is being done on the development of ISHM systems, very little effort is made to provide the robot with the capability to use system information to assess the possible strategies with respect to the remaining resources of the vehicle. A model based system can use its understanding of the system state, of its operational modes and of its resource usage to deduce the potential optimum strategies in order to achieve the mission goals.

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