G.S. Semmel, S.R. Davis, K.W. Leucht andD.A. Rowe, K.E. Smith, and L. Bölöni

Space Shuttle Ground Processing with Monitoring Agents


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G.S. Semmel, S.R. Davis, K.W. Leucht andD.A. Rowe, K.E. Smith, and L. Bölöni. Space Shuttle Ground Processing with Monitoring Agents. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 21(1):68–73, IEEE Press, Jan/Feb 2006.

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Abstract:

As with aircraft, launchings and landings are arguably the most exciting and certainly the most intense events for spacecraft missions. As operators of the US?s spaceport, the personnel at Kennedy Space Center are the experts at launching spacecraft, whether to Earth orbit or to a remote destination in the solar system. Understandably, the role of automation and decision support for such critical activities has been approached conservatively as a rule decision support is primarily applied to non-real-time analysis functions and automation is usually reserved only for executing well-understood contingencies when the limits of human reaction time is a factor. Nonetheless, new approaches to automation and decision support - including agents technology - are making their way into launch services functions at KSC, due to the efforts of an enterprising team. This issue's article discusses their early successes and future prospects.

BibTeX:

@article{Semmel-2006-IntSys,
author = "G.S. Semmel and S.R. Davis and K.W. Leucht and
D.A. Rowe and K.E. Smith and L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni",
title = "Space Shuttle Ground Processing with Monitoring Agents",
journal = "IEEE Intelligent Systems",
year = "2006",
pages = "68-73",
volume = 21,
number = 1,
month = "Jan/Feb",
publisher = "IEEE Press",
abstract = {
  As with aircraft, launchings and landings are arguably the most exciting
  and certainly the most intense events for spacecraft missions. As
  operators of the US?s spaceport, the personnel at Kennedy Space Center are
  the experts at launching spacecraft, whether to Earth orbit or to a remote
  destination in the solar system. Understandably, the role of automation
  and decision support for such critical activities has been approached
  conservatively as a rule decision support is primarily applied to
  non-real-time analysis functions and automation is usually reserved only
  for executing well-understood contingencies when the limits of human
  reaction time is a factor. Nonetheless, new approaches to automation and
  decision support - including agents technology - are making their way into
  launch services functions at KSC, due to the efforts of an enterprising
  team. This issue's article discusses their early successes and future
  prospects.
 }
}

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