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Failure Consequence Assessment System Team Hosts Technical Interchange Meeting

The Failure Consequence Assessment System (FCAS) hosted a two-day Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) at Ames Research Center (ARC) on December 6-7. Gordon Aaseng, an ARC employee stationed at Johnson Space Center, traveled to ARC for the TIM. During the TIM, the team created a list of needs, goals, and objectives for FCAS in FY12 and 13, and a list of tasks to be completed in FY12. Also during the TIM, the FCAS team met with representatives of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) project to define what the Habitat Automation (HA) project will deliver to AMO for use in the AMO test at JSC in May 2012. The FCAS team also met with representatives of the Planning & Scheduling group to make plans for the FY13 integration of FCAS with an automated planning system.

BACKGROUND: The Habitat Automation (HA) project element is building technology to automate the operations of a future habitat in which people could live on the surface of a moon, planet, or asteroid, or in deep space on the way to and from such destinations. An important part of habitat automation is the ability to automatically detect and diagnose failures in habitat systems, and to then automatically respond to those failures. During the Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) field test in the Arizona desert in September 2011, automated diagnosis of the Habitat Demonstration Unit was demonstrated. The Failure Consequence Assessment System (FCAS) will start with a diagnosis and then automatically determine the consequences of the diagnosis, including capabilities that have been lost. The long-term goal is to provide this assessment of lost capabilities to an automated planning system that will then automatically generate plans to either repair whatever is broken, or replan the mission to achieve as many mission goals and objectives as possible using remaining capabilities.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: OCT Game Changing Development (GCD) Program, Autonomous Systems (AS) Project

PROJECT TEAM: Mark Schwabacher (ARC TI, HA lead), Gordon Aaseng (ARC TI@JSC, FCAS lead), Vijay Baskaran (SGT), Mike Dalal (SGT), Gary Dittemore (JSC), Jeremy Frank (ARC TI), Chuck Fry (SGT), Jeremy Johnson (SGT), Rob McCann (ARC TH), Paul Morris (ARC TI), John Ossenfort (SGT), Peter Robinson (ARC TI), Lilly Spirkovska (ARC TI), and Lui Wang (JSC)

Contact: Mark Schwabacher

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