Design of a multi-agent system for cost reduction in multi-craft space missions

Grey, S., Radice, G., Vasile, M., Fuchs, J. and Wisjnands, Q. (2009) Design of a multi-agent system for cost reduction in multi-craft space missions. In: 60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009. International Astronautical Federation, IAF: Paris, pp. 7072-7078. ISBN 9781615679089

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Abstract

An approach for reducing the costs of multi-craft space missions using multiple autonomous agents is presented in this paper. The approach hinges on replacing the ground and space based control systems with an integrated multi-agent system (MAS) comprised of specialised autonomous agents. We describe in particular how this design is applied to ESA's DARWIN exo-planet telescope mission and define the structure of the MAS. The scheme shows potential for improvement over a traditional control system design in a number of areas, most notably in the reliability of the spacecraft in unexpected scenarios, significantly lower ground control requirements and much easier re-use of individual agents in other missions, all leading to the possibility of reduced operational costs for the mission.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009, October 12, 2009 - October 16, 2009, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Radice, Dr Gianmarco and Vasile, Dr Massimiliano
Authors: Grey, S., Radice, G., Vasile, M., Fuchs, J., and Wisjnands, Q.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Publisher:International Astronautical Federation, IAF
ISBN:9781615679089

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