EPSRC-funded collaboration between Computer Science researchers at the University of Liverpool and Autonomous Control Systems and Astronautics researchers at the University of Southampton. UK.
- Michael Fisher
Department of Computer Science,
University of Liverpool
- Sandor Veres [PI], Steve Gabriel School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton
In this project we aim to tackle the general problem of engineering autonomous space systems. In particular, we are concerned with developing a new declarative programming methodology that will allow the control software for multiple, interacting, autonomous satellites to be produced in a clear, high-level way. The practicality of the methodology is to be demonstrated by programming hardware in a ground-based multi-satellite testbed.
The main objectives of the project are as follows.
- To develop a rational agent theory (and
architecture), with the ability to carry out predictive modelling of
continuous time (or variable sampling rate) phenomena, and to use these
- To augment this agent architecture with the
ability to undertake multi-resolution and multi-layered modelling in
order to reduce the time it takes for an agent to find a solution
using its predictive modelling capabilities.
- To develop a declarative agent programming
theory, and a practical language, that can handle real world control
- To demonstrate the methodology on the Southampton Spacecraft Autonomy Testing (SAT) Facility. A rendezvous demonstration will be produced, involving 2 vehicles: active chaser and passive/active target, and demo will be extended (in simulation where needed) to more than 2 vehicles for future missions such as XEUS and PROBA-3.
- None yet!
- Project duration: 42 months
- Expected start date: Autumn 2008
- EPSRC grant references
- None yet!
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