Final Update: Autonomous Ocean Exploration and Conclusions


In my last blog post, I’d like to discuss autonomous ocean-exploring craft and draw some conclusions from the various areas I studied this summer. When one thinks of artificial intelligence’s space applications, autonomous submarines are admittedly not the first things that come to mind. They may yet find use, however, in exploring ocean worlds. For […]

Autonomy in Planetary Rovers


In this update, I focus on autonomous aspects of planetary rovers. Specifically, I’ve researched Martian rovers. This is because there are no other functioning rovers in the solar system. Importantly, note that Martian rovers face different environmental conditions and communication demands than rovers elsewhere would. For example, a lunar rover would need far less autonomy. […]

Autonomy in Spacecraft


Among many examples of artificial intelligence systems in spaceflight, I discuss here a few notable examples: plume detection in OSIRIS/Rosetta, cloud filtering and salience scoring on the Earth Observing-1 spacecraft, orbit selection for interferometric satellite constellations, and an autonomy module on the Intelligent Payload Experiment (IPEX). These examples share common motivations: first, the need to […]