NASA probes AI for space connect

NASA probes AI for space connect

Smart Planet

NASA scientists are planning to use artificial intelligence (AI) to better manage the increasing communications between its spacecraft and the Earth.

NASA spacecraft typically rely on human-controlled radio systems to communicate with the Earth. Cognitive radio, the infusion of artificial intelligence into space communications networks, could meet demand and increase efficiency, researchers said.

“Modern space communications systems use complex software to support science and exploration missions,” said Janette C. Briones, from the NASA’s Glenn Research Centre in the United States.

‘New thrust’

“By applying artificial intelligence and machine learning, satellites control these systems seamlessly, making real-time decisions without awaiting instruction,” said Ms. Briones.

“The recent development of cognitive technologies is a new thrust in the architecture of communications systems,” said Ms. Briones.

“We envision these technologies will make our communications networks more efficient and resilient for missions exploring the depths of space,” she said.

“By integrating artificial intelligence and cognitive radios into our networks, we will increase the efficiency, autonomy and reliability of space communications systems,” she said.