RESEARCH PAPERS: Papers on Aerospace Industry: Space Station Technology

Implementing Spacecraft Autonomy

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B. Dobrotin

Command and Data Handling Laboratory, Spacecraft Engineering Division, TRW Electronics and Defense, Redondo Beach, Calif. 90278

J. Eng. Ind 107(1), 22-25 (Feb 01, 1985) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3185959 History: Received August 03, 1983; Online July 30, 2009


Autonomy is used on spacecraft for minimizing operational cost and providing onboard failure response. System studies have been performed to provide spacecraft design criteria. This paper presents the design drivers and recommended design criteria for the Data Handling Subsystem (DHS). The impact of interfacing spacecraft subsystems, as well as alternate solutions, is discussed. The importance of establishing detail processing requirements through a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is addressed and related to various spacecraft computer capabilities. A prioritized list of DHS design topics is included.

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