Safe, economical operation of critical facilities on the ground and infrastructures in space requires increasingly sophisticated
On the ground, autonomous facilities and processes afford individuals the ability to focus on the tasks that still require human
dexterity and intuition, reducing cost and improving operational efficiency.
For space-based applications, autonomous capabilities are required for rovers to independently function to meet mission requirements,
and for habitats, such as the lunar gateway, to maintain life support systems when the crew is not present, and when communication with Earth is not possible.
SSC Autonomous Systems Lab is developing
capabilities that can support space exploration
missions as well as ground operations.