Autonomous Mission Operations EXPRESS Autonomous Operations Project (AMO-EXPRESS) - 09.17.14
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When future space missions take humans to destinations far from Earth, including asteroids or Mars, communication delays between the distant crew and mission control require crews to work more independently. The Autonomous Mission Operations EXPRESS Autonomous Operations Project (AMO-EXPRESS) tests advanced software and operational concepts to determine how crew members on the International Space Station can automate spacecraft system with less involvement from the ground support staff.
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NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)
ISS Expedition Duration
March 2014 - September 2014
Previous ISS Missions
- During future missions to distant destinations such as Mars or asteroids, communication between the spacecraft and Earth will be delayed. This leads to the need for more independent spacecraft crews. The Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) project demonstrates advanced software to help astronauts automate their spacecraft, thereby requiring less assistance from Earth.
To test this concept of operations, the EXPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station) Rack 7 is powered up and configured automatically via a single command from the ground.
The AMO-EXPRESS FY14 experiment concept is to automate payload operations via a single command from the ground to initiate automatic configuration of EXPRESS Rack. The Payload Rack officer operates EXPRESS today, and currently, the Power-on and configuration of the EXPRESS Rack are separate procedures, requiring many synchronized steps. THE AMO-EXPRESS FY14 Experiment will exhibit that all of the necessary steps can be executed automatically.
Automating Payload and ISS Core System Operations via a single command safely operates upstream core systems as part of EXPRESS configuration. The Thermal and ECLSS control (ISS core commands) are issued as part of configuration. The activation of the EXPRESS Rack requires handoff of control between POIF and MCC-H today. The AMO-EXPRESS FY14 Experiment will demonstrate that core and payload system operations can be safely automated in single procedure.
If EXPRESS 7 exhibits off-nominal behavior during activation or deactivation, the embedded Failure Detection, Analysis and Recovery (FDIR) in automation will include fault detection and recovery. There is no plan to inject any failures during experiment. If an anomaly occurs during the experiment, the AMO-EXPRESS FY14 Experiment will validate FDIR during automation.
Missions to asteroids, Mars or other destinations are hampered by communication delays caused by radio signals traveling across long distances. The AMO-EXPRESS project aims to show that complex, multi-step procedures can be packaged and automated so they can be more easily controlled from the ground. The investigation could also improve current technology and operational practices in use on the International Space Station.
Automating complicated mechanical processes reduces errors and delays in places or conditions where communications are slow, patchy or limited. Automated commanding helps in situations when prior training is limited, or when contact with remote experts is delayed or not possible. Applications include natural disaster areas, underground mines, and telemedicine.
Repeated from the IDRD Requirements above:
Every three weeks for a period of three months, there needs to be two 5 minute PRO activities (AMO-EXPRESS). The activities need to be spaced out at least 45 minutes apart, for the first activity will be the ER7 activation, and it will take between 30-45 minutes to compete the activation of ER7. These activities will require S-Band and Ku-Band in order to view the activation/deactivation via displays on the ground while the Timeliner bundle(s) execute on-orbit.
The time required to perform the AMO-EXPRESS will include the following:
- ER7 Activation (First 5 minute activity)
- ER7 Deactivation (Second 5 minute activity)
|Activity||Duration||Execution Notes||Ops Notes|
|AMO-EXPRESS ACT||00:05||The MSFC PRO will execute a single button function procedure from the ground via Timeliner to power up and configure EXPRESS Rack 7.||Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) EXPRESS Activation of EXPRESS Rack 7.|
|AMO-EXPRESS DEACT||00:05||The MSFC PRO will execute a single button function procedure from the ground via Timeliner to deactivate EXPRESS Rack 7.||Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) EXPRESS deactivation of EXPRESS Rack 7.|
These activities do not require crew time.
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