Object Agent System Architecture for Autonomous Spacecraft

Period of Performance: 04/27/1998 - 04/10/1999

$99.5K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Princeton Satellite Systems
6 Market St. Suite 926
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Reduction of the cost and improving the reliability of spacecraft operations is a goal of many organizations, including the Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial satellite operators. This proposal describes the innovative ObjectAgent _ system architectures that can provide greatly enhanced ease-of-use and nearly any level of autonomy for a satellite system. The system uses a combination of intelligent agents and object oriented design to create a system that is easy to implement and can be customized at any stage of development, even after launch, without rebuilding any of the code. It also allows for the implementation of very complex autonomous tasks through an interface that can be used by the satellite end users, without the support of technical specialists.