Accession Number : ADA152078
Title : Artificial Intelligence in Space Platforms.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Personal Author(s) : Wright,M A
Report Date : Dec 1984
Pagination or Media Count : 139
Abstract : This thesis determined the feasibility of implementing Artificial Intelligence techniques on orbiting spacecraft. The main thrust was to evaluate the current technology of expert systems (computer programs) and determine their value to satellite tasking. The goal for an expert system to be effective was that it must be able to perform spacecraft stationkeeping without ground assistance. Analysis began by outlining the basic functions of the DSCS III and noting deficiencies could be corrected with conventional computer programming, but stationkeeping required AI techniques for proper execution. Expert systems were then examined and studied for applicability to the primary task of orbit maintenance. R1, an expert system designed to perform computer configuration, was found to be a good baseline for comparison and further development. The process of orbit maintenance, as currently done by human experts, was explained and outlined for expert system design. Finally, a cost analysis provided information which supported further development of AI technology for spacecraft implementation. (Author).
Descriptors : *SPACECRAFT , *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , *SPACE MAINTENANCE , *STATIONKEEPING , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , EARTH ORBITS , COST ANALYSIS , THESES
Subject Categories : Astronautics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE