How AI is Enabling Space Exploration at NASA

“There is a growing need for future spacecraft to be autonomous, self-aware and be able to make critical decisions on their own”

Shreyansh Daftry, an AI Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, outlined several key capabilities that would require AI-powered space exploration for future robotic missions, such as autonomous navigation, autonomous science and mission operations, scheduling and planning, precision landing, autonomous manipulation, allowing robots to perform dexterous operations and future missions with human-robot teams. There are numerous other AI applications in space exploration beyond robotics and automation, but they are outside of Shreyansh scope of work. In his talk, he focused on AI application in autonomous navigation.

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