RESEARCH PAPERS: Papers on Aerospace Industry: Space Station Technology

Autonomy and Automation for Space Station Housekeeping and Maintenance Functions

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P. R. Turner

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

J. Eng. Ind 107(1), 39-42 (Feb 01, 1985) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3185962 History: Received August 08, 1984; Online July 30, 2009


The space station crew will be a critical resource for economical operation of science and commercial payloads. Core station housekeeping and maintenance functions should be provided in a manner that requires a minimum of crew interaction. This paper outlines a prospective functional architecture for allocation of autonomous and automated control of these functions and discusses implementation issues arising from safety of manned operations, integration test requirements, and evolution of future station capabilities.

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