A major goal of NASA's Systems Autonomy Demonstration Project is to focus research in artificial intelligence, human factors, and dynamic control systems in support of Space Station automation. Another goal is to demonstrate the use of these technologies in real space systems, for both ground-based mission support and on-board operations. The design, construction, and evaluation of an intelligent autonomous system shell is recognized as an important part of the Systems Autonomy research program. This paper describes autonomous systems and executive controllers, outlines how these in-telligent systems can be utilized within the Space Station, and discusses a number of key design issues that have been raised during some preliminary work to develop an autonomous executive controller shell at NASA Ames Research Center.
William K. Erickson,
Peter C. Cheeseman,
"Issues In The Design Of An Executive Controller Shell For Space Station Automation," Optical Engineering 25(11), 251194 (1 November 1986). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7973981