Despite our intrinsic distrust of AI in space has been taught to us by movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey (“I’m afraid I can’t do this, Dave“), it offers great advantages to manned and unmanned missions. To this end, NASA is developing a system that will allow astronauts to perform maneuvers, conduct experiments and more using a ChatGPT-like interface in the language natural, The Guardian reported.
“The idea is to get to a point where we have conversational interactions with space vehicles and they also respond to us about alerts, interesting discoveries they see in the solar system and beyond,” said the Dr. Larissa Suzuki, speaking at an IEEE meeting on Next Generation Space Communication. “It’s really not like science fiction anymore.”
NASA aims to deploy the system on its Lunar Gatewaya space station that will orbit the Moon and provide support to NASA Mission Artemis. It would use a natural language interface that allows astronauts to ask for advice on experiments or perform maneuvers without delving into complex manuals.
On a dedicated page Seeking small business support for Lunar Gateway, NASA wrote that it would require artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to manage various systems when also idle. These include autonomous operations of science payloads, prioritization of data transmissions, autonomous operations, Gateway health management, and more.
For example, Suzuki described a scenario in which the system would automatically resolve data transmission glitches and inefficiencies, as well as other types of digital failures. “We can’t send an engineer into space every time a spacecraft goes offline or its software breaks down in some way,” she said.
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