NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 06.01-3474

PROJECT TITLE : An Intelligent Agent System for Spacecraft Onboard Data Management

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

We propose the use of intelligent software agents for spacecraft onboard data management. Specifically, our agent-based system will address the autonomous retrieval, filtering, and summarization of relevant payload data and payload sensor control, monitoring, and calibration. The innovation here is the synergistic effects of the distributed processing capability, the embedded knowledge and inferencing power, and the on-line learning and adaptability of software agents to facilitate increased onboard autonomy. An intelligent software agent approach can increase spacecraft autonomy and in turn decrease spacecraft communication resource requirements and associated ground support. We see a considerable potential for this approach to the development of future NASA low-cost small satellite systems.

The anticipated result of our proposed Phase I study will be the design, development, and feasibility analysis of an intelligent software agent to enhance satellite autonomy. We propose a four-task effort. We will: 1) specify the application domain to which intelligent agents may be applied and the system requirements; 2) formulate and design a prototype intelligent agent system for onboard payload data management and sensor calibration; 3) implement the prototype and perform feasibility analysis; and 4) make recommendations for full-scope development under a Phase II effort

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The specific focus here on intelligent space-based software agents can be directly applied to commercial satellite systems, as well, including telecommunications satellites and remote sensing space systems. Applications exist for integration of intelligent agents for ground-based systems, including manufacturing systems, transportation systems, and consumer goods. Applications also exist in automated messaging, personal digital assistants, development of enhanced friendly user interfaces, computer desktop automation, telecommunication network management, and information retrieval.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Paul G. Gonsalves
55 Wheeler St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Charles River Analytics
55 Wheeler St.
Cambridge, MA 02138