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Autonomous Systems

Autonomous operations are critical for the success, safety, sustainability, and crew survival of NASA deep space missions beyond low-Earth orbit.

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Why Autonomous Systems

Safe, economical operation of critical facilities on the ground and infrastructures in space requires increasingly sophisticated autonomous systems.

On the ground, autonomous facilities and processes afford individuals the ability to focus on the tasks that still require human dexterity and intuition, reducing cost and improving operational efficiency.
For space-based applications, autonomous capabilities are required for rovers to independently function to meet mission requirements, and for habitats, such as the lunar gateway, to maintain life support systems when the crew is not present, and when communication with Earth is not possible.

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Lauren Underwood and T. Martin
NASA / Stennis

Autonomous Systems Lab

NASA Stennis's Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL) is developing the expertise, tools and processes to create robust, affordable autonomous systems.

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NASA conducts an RS-25 hot fire test on the Fred Haise Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi on June 22, 2023.