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Author Truszkowski, W. ♦ Rash, J. ♦ Rouff, C. ♦ Hinchey, M.
Sponsorship IEEE Comput. Soc. ♦ Brno Univ. of Technol
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2004
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Space vehicles ♦ Instruments ♦ Belts ♦ Aircraft manufacture ♦ NASA ♦ Space technology ♦ Earth ♦ Satellites ♦ Insects ♦ Spectroscopy
Abstract NASA is studying advanced technologies for a future robotic exploration mission to the asteroid belt. The prospective ANTS (Autonomous Nano Technology Swarm) mission comprises autonomous agents including "worker" agents (small spacecraft) designed to cooperate in asteroid exploration under the overall authority of at least one "ruler" agent (a larger spacecraft) whose goal is to cause science data to be returned to Earth. The ANTS team (ruler plus workers and messenger agents), but not necessarily any individual on the team, exhibit behaviors that qualify it as an autonomic system, where an autonomic system is defined as a system that self-reconfigures, self-optimizes, self-heals, and self-protects. Autonomic system concepts lead naturally to realistic, scalable architectures rich in capabilities and behaviors. In-depth consideration of a major mission like ANTS in terms of autonomic systems brings new insights into alternative definitions of autonomic behavior. This paper gives an overview of the ANTS mission and discusses the autonomic properties of the mission.
Description Author affiliation: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, New York, NY, USA (Truszkowski, W.; Rash, J.)
ISBN 0769521258
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-05-27
Publisher Place Czech Republic
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 375.14 kB
Page Count 6
Starting Page 484
Ending Page 489


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library