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The Road to on-board Crew Autonomy: Using ISS' Columbus Module as the Basis for Ground Procedure Automation

Hartmann, Carsten and Speth, Franca and Sabath, Dieter and Sellmaier, Florian (2023) The Road to on-board Crew Autonomy: Using ISS' Columbus Module as the Basis for Ground Procedure Automation. Acta Astronautica (213), pp. 603-613. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2023.09.024. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0094576523004782


Future human exploration missions require new concepts of operations since the international roadmap foresees stations with uncrewed periods (e.g. Lunar Gateway) and deep space missions with communication delays making real-time monitoring and control impossible (e.g. any vehicle on its way to or in orbit of Mars). As part of the commitment to achieve human presence in lunar orbit and prepare for missions to Mars, the goal for future operations is to become independent from ground and enable crews to live and work autonomously. However, as a first step towards on-board crew autonomy, the ground segment itself needs to be automated and its functions eventually transferred on-board. For this purpose, this paper introduces a novel tool, based on Columbus operations, conducted at the Columbus Control Center (COL-CC), allowing the interaction between scheduled activities and the commanding infrastructure, by automatically generating a command sequence, transferring the command sequence to the operators' command interface for inspection and approval, and finally sending the commands to the receiver for execution. This tool is implemented as a ground prototype, in order to show how ground operations can be automated and how such a tool can ultimately lead to increased crew autonomy.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/199880/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Road to on-board Crew Autonomy: Using ISS' Columbus Module as the Basis for Ground Procedure Automation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hartmann, CarstenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3701-189X147694157
Date:27 September 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 603-613
Keywords:Human Space Exploration, Spacecraft Operations, Crew Autonomy, Command Interface, Procedure Execution, Ground Tools
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Concept study for on-board autonomy system for human spaceflight systems (technology transfer)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Hartmann, Carsten
Deposited On:29 Nov 2023 09:26
Last Modified:29 Nov 2023 09:26

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