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Automated planning and scheduling technology offers great promise in enabling revolutionary goal-based autonomous spacecraft. Such a spacecraft would be aware of its goals and would automatically select and perform activities to achieve these goals. Goals would include science goals (for example, performing a mapping campaign using the ultraviolet spectrometer) and engineering goals (for example, maintaining the propulsion system's health). Because planning and scheduling technology would allow goal-based commanding, it would enable a dramatic reduction in operations costs, as well as onboard response to faults or science opportunities occurring during the mission. This article describes how automated planning and scheduling technology enables a new class of autonomous spacecraft and describes ongoing efforts at NASA to develop and deploy this technology.
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Nicola Muscettola, Gregg Rabideau, Benjamin Smith, Steve Chien, Kanna Rajan, "Automated Planning and Scheduling for Goal-Based Autonomous Spacecraft", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 13, no. , pp. 50-55, September/October 1998, doi:10.1109/5254.722362
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