Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning Operations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,908.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CB02P
Award Id:
87952
Agency Tracking Number:
074848
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520, San Antonio, TX, 78216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
193786014
Principal Investigator:
Russell Bonasso
Principal Investigator
(281) 461-7884
r.p.bonasso@nasa.gov
Business Contact:
Jonathan Fast
President
(210) 822-2310
jfast@traclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Automation and autonomy are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. The NASA Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP) has been developing a procedure representation language (PRL) that both captures the form of traditional procedures and allows for automatic translation into code that can be executed by NASA-developed autonomous executives. However, PRL is in a relative infancy with regard to supporting many of the autonomous software components being developed by NASA, specifically automated planners and schedulers. In this proposal we will design and test additional representations to PRL for resources, inter-procedure constraints and subprocedures so that automated planners can take better advantage of the PRL-generated procedures. The work plan includes developing scenarios and use cases, developing requirements for planning -- both manual and automated -- from the scenarios, developing XML tags for the PRL changes, testing the PRL enhancements in the use cases with robotic and life support simulations, and translating the changes into planning languages with proven semantics.

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