Autonomous Operations for the Crew Exploration Vehicle — Trade Study Design Considerations

James M. Crawford
2005 AIP Conference Proceedings  
In the design of the operational concept for the CEV there are numerous choices regarding the locus of command and control. Systems such as power, propulsion, GN&C, life support, C&DH, etc. can be monitored and controlled by the flight crew, by onboard autonomous systems, by ground crew, or by ground autonomous systems. The decision of how to distribute control must be based on a complex trade-off between development and validation costs, operations costs, and reliability/risks. Getting these
more » ... ade-offs wrong can lead to unnecessary growth in mission cost and risk, and unnecessary decreases in the time the crew has available for core exploration tasks. Over the next two years we will be performing an in depth analysis of the return on investment that we can expect from software tools that automate, or partially automate, the operation of CEV systems. In this paper we preview the issues in performing a trade study of this type, and the technical approach that will be used to gather and analyze the data required to perform this, and other similar, trade studies.
doi:10.1063/1.1867241 fatcat:2lysblwzhvanbizhvoanph6yvm