Design of a multi-agent system for cost reduction in multi-craft space missions

S. Grey, G. Radice, M. Vasile, J. Fuchs, Q. Wisjnands

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An approach for reducing the costs of multi-craft space missions using multiple autonomous agents is presented in this paper. The approach hinges on replacing the ground and space based control systems with an integrated multi-agent system (MAS) comprised of specialised autonomous agents. We describe in particular how this design is applied to ESA's DARWIN exo-planet telescope mission and define the structure of the MAS. The scheme shows potential for improvement over a traditional control system design in a number of areas, most notably in the reliability of the spacecraft in unexpected scenarios, significantly lower ground control requirements and much easier re-use of individual agents in other missions, all leading to the possibility of reduced operational costs for the mission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication60th International Astronautical Congress 2009
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 12-16 October 2009, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Place of PublicationParis
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2009
Event60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 12 Oct 200916 Oct 2009


Conference60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • multi-craft space missions
  • multi-agent system
  • operational costs


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