During the period 1997-2004, we have participated to the research projects An intelligent system for autonomous space robots and Diagnostic Systems for Autonomous Robots in Space funded by Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).
One important result of these projects has been the development of a software prototype for the on-line diagnosis of the space robotic arm SPIDER. A qualitative model of the nominal and faulty behavior of the robotic arm SPIDER has been developed and such a model has been used as the basic knowledge for on-line monitoring and diagnosis.
During the period 2006-2008, we have partecipated to the research project On-line monitoring and intelligent supervision in autonomous space systems, funded by the Piedmont Region.
The project had three main goals
- demonstrate that Artificial Intelligence techniques such as Intelligent Agents, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Diagnosis and Planning can play a key role in the supervision of complex, autonomous space systems
- demonstrate that such AI techniques can operate within on-line time and resource constraints, even for space system of significant complexity
- demonstrate human-machine interaction techniques that make it possible for a human to get information about the system status in an intuitive and compact form
Within the project, we have developed a prototype for the on-line monitoring of a portion of a spacecraft propulsion system, whose model was made freely available by NASA.
In July 2008, the Piedmont Region has approved two aerospace projects in which our group partecipates:
- STEPS (Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale): technologies and systems for space exploration
- SMAT (Sistema di Monitoraggio Avanzato del Territorio): system for the advanced monitoring of the territory
The projects start between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, and are led respectively by Alenia Thales (STEPS) and Alenia Aeronautics (SMAT).