Intelligent Control For Autonomous Remote Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASASTTR-01-16
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7001 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. James Neidhoefer
 (423) 894-4646
Business Contact
 Robert Pap
Title: President
Phone: (423) 894-4646
Research Institution
 University of Alabama
 Dr. Robert L Wells
 P.O. Box 870104,G60 Rose Admin.
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487
 (205) 348-8878
 Nonprofit college or university
We will apply the latest knowledge in learning control, adaptive control, and optimal control to develop a modular, state-of-the-art, adaptive, nonlinear, guidance, navigation, and control package for remote spacecraft. The system will incorporate planning and decision making modules to give the remote spacecraft on-line goal directed self-reliant behavior with a high degree of autonomy. At the highest level, an expert system based Goal Executive will monitor the spacecraft's environment and switch and/or adapt the performance indices of an adaptive critic based guidance system, and an evolutionary algorithm based navigation system. This will, in effect, change the near-term behavior of the remote spacecraft by changing what it considers optimal. The navigation system will specify optimal way-points for achieving the specified mission goals. The guidance module will generate an optimal trajectory between the way-points and the control module will ensure robust and accurate trajectory tracking. The controller will be based on an improved version of an nth order multi-variate Neural Adaptive Controller (NACTM) developed at AAC. ~000118 ~

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