Adaptive Automation for Anomaly Resolution

Period of Performance: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Traclabs, Inc.
100 North East Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


As ground operations personnel and crew manage the operations of orbiting and exploration spacecraft, inevitably anomalies will arise. Resolving anomalies in real-time and preventing their future occurrence can be difficult. Operations personnel must capture the conditions leading up to the anomaly from voluminous telemetry logs; the development of a workaround is a trial and error process; users must also determine if the anomaly affects a piece of equipment or a class of equipment; and the reconfiguration of the equipment under the conditions of the anomaly may preclude certain other operations. Using software from previous research, we propose to design and develop an automation framework that provides 1) the ability to capture the system configuration at the time of the anomaly, using processed telemetry and execution states from both plan and procedure execution; 2) a workaround authoring capability to produce first flight notes and eventually full workaround procedures, derived from the original procedures; 3) the ability to efficiently modify the preconditions and the effects of the workaround as well as the configuration of the underlying models and the affected operational constraints; and 4) an interactive ability to generate operations plans that use the workaround procedures to test the workarounds, new operational constraints and other affected procedures.