A paper presents the concept of a system for autonomous communication among multiple satellites and other spacecraft. The design of the system would be based on an evolvable architecture of multiple intelligent agents (that is, artificial-intelligence constructs implemented in software and hardware) that would communicate and cooperate with each other in performing such tasks as enabling each spacecraft to track the others, analyzing communication links, dynamically making and breaking links, and otherwise generally allocating communication resources. The paper discusses some of the problems to be addressed in constructing the system, describes an example of an evolvable system containing knowledge-based agents, and describes some hardware modules that could be used in building the system.

This work was done by Sanda Mandutianu of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NPO-20432

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Evolvable multiagent approach to spacecraft communication

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