Space Force funds experiment on the use of AI to predict satellite failures

Dashboard of RS21’s Space Prognostic AI Custodian Ecosystem, or SPAICE. Credit: RS21

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A U.S. Space Force contract was recently awarded to RS21, a data science firm building artificial intelligence tools for autonomous space operations, to study the application of AI to forecast satellite breakdowns in orbit. The business recently declared that it has been awarded a $375,000, two-year Small Business Innovation Research Phase 3 contract with the possibility of an additional $1 million in work.

This will be interesting to see how AI will be used in Space research and development, there is literally unlimited scope with what AI can do and putting it to use in Space systems will just give tremendous results.

At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, RS21 is creating software that will be incorporated into the STP ground station before launch. In order to prepare the AI model for the STPSat-7 experiment, the data will be used.

To foresee satellite mishaps, the AI-powered monitoring system performs fault detection. It estimates the lead time before satellite failure using anomaly notifications and real-time satellite telemetry data. The company is optimistic that this groundbreaking AI technology will support government missions and have commercial applications to meet the demand for autonomous solutions.

For a cloud-based deployment of the SPAICE tool, as well as the integration and analysis of data from the International Space Station, RS1 is requesting extra funds from SpaceWERX, the technology branch of the Space Force.

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