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By T. Kia, J. Mellstrom, A. Klumpp, H. S. Lin, P. Sanatar, K. Shen, P. Vaze and M. Nachman


Autonomous spacecraft are becoming increasingly important for future space missions. Missions will continue to become more ambitious scien-tifically, and will demand more autonomy to accomplish complex tasks in uncertain environments and in close proximity to celestial bodies. Af-fordability is now an additional primary driver. The call is for smaller mis-sions with greatly reduced ground control and operation. Spacecraft with highly autonomous, goal-directed systems are required. We believe that autonomy, in addition to reducing mission operations costs, will enable science objectives not currently possible. Autonomous maneuver plan-ning and implementation is a key to future missions. The TOPEWPOSIEDON Autonomous Maneuver Experiment (TAME) is an experiment to provide the necessary algorithms for planning and exe-cuting attitude maneuvers and a thrusting Orbital Maintenance Maneuver (0") autonomously. TAME'S main module is the planner, an engine that, along with its auxiliary modules and a database, will reside on a

Year: 1998
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