Mission planning is at the core of all space missions in order to efficiently employ high cost space assets such as astronauts, equipment, vehicles and communication links. Because of the light distances involved in exploration missions, the need for technologies that adapt over time will be of interest to all exploration activities. The "Proving Ground" and "MARS ready" phases of space exploration suggest this technology will be needed as these missions are designed and simulated. In the past at Johnson Space Center (JSC) we have worked with EVA personnel and flight directors in migrating PRIDE and planning technologies into mission control. These are the same people working on EVAs for the potential asteroid redirect mission as well as planetary base operations. We expect applications of our technology to impact several research programs, such as the new Mission Control Technologies (MCT) software being developed by NASA JSC DS, that is exploring ways to minimize the number of personnel working the flight control stations. This work will also provide a connection to automated planning technology development through NASA ARC's Automation for Operations (A4O) project and its successors.
TRACLabs is already selling PRIDE as a commercial product to oil field services companies and is providing automation assistance to other companies for drilling operations. The companies involved have already expressed interest in licensing the new capabilities being developed in this project. We will work with them to make sure that this project meets their requirements. TRACLabs expects additional customers in the oil and gas industry will deploy PRIDE once it has been proven effective. Sierra Nevada Corporation has also purchased PRIDE licenses for use in their Dream Chaser program, which was recently selected to deliver cargo to ISS. In all of these cases, we will offer the features developed this proposal as an "add-on" to the existing PRIDE software we deliver. Thus, we can immediately move this research out into industry by leveraging our existing PRIDE user base.