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Advanced Automation for Space Missions


NASA Conference Publication 2255

Advanced Automation
for
Space Missions


Proceedings of the 1980 NASA/ASEE
Summer Study held at the
University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California
June 23-August 29, 1980

 

 

 

 

NASA Conference Publication 2255

Advanced Automation
for
Space Missions


Edited by
Robert A. Freitas, Jr.
Space Initiative/XRI
Santa Clara, California

William P. Gilbreath
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, California

Proceedings of the 1980 NASA/ASEE Summer Study
sponsored by the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration and the American Society
for Engineering Education held at the
University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, California
June 23-August 29, 1980


National Aeronautics
and Space Administration

Scientific and Technical
Information Branch

1982


For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Goverment Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402

 

 
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The painting was created by Mr. Rick Guidice. It captures the spirit of the space missions described in this study. In the center of the picture are human beings who, we believe, will continue to play a controlling role in future space missions. To the right of the circle are two space systems representing a partially automated Space Manufacturing Facility which would eventually utilize nonterrestrial resources. In the upper-right corner is Saturn attended by its largest natural satellite Titan, the proposed destination of our advanced space-exploration mission. The upper-left corner depicts the deepest reaches of the Cosmos that humans someday may explore. At center left is the Earth, which is under intensive study by an intelligent Earth-sensing information system that is able to obtain and deliver data in a far more effective manner than present-day methods. In the lower left corner, a lunar manufacturing facility rises from the surface of the Moon. Someday, such a factory might replicate itself, or at least produce most of its own components, so that the number of facilities could grow very rapidly from a single seed.

 

 

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