Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking (ISAAC)

The ISAAC project will develop an integrated data framework, control interfaces, and other software systems to coordinate fault management, recovery tasks and more.

NASA needs autonomous systems to help monitor and maintain exploration spacecraft and habitats during long-duration, deep-space missions.

To satisfy this need, the Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking (ISAAC) project will develop key technologies required for autonomous and adaptive caretaking.

The first of the three primary objectives for the ISAAC project is to create technology for autonomous state assessment of spacecraft interior environments during uncrewed periods using both spacecraft data and autonomous robots. The second objective for the ISAAC project is to develop technology for autonomous logistics management for spacecraft during uncrewed periods. The final objective of the ISAAC project is to create technology for integrated fault management of spacecraft during uncrewed periods.

The current state of the art in spacecraft caretaking relies heavily on ground control being in close communication with the crew. By contrast, long uncrewed periods during a mission will require a new operational paradigm for identifying and handling critical faults and emergencies. Data integration and robot activity will be essential for Mission Control to assess and understand spacecraft state.

The ISAAC project will develop an integrated data framework, control interfaces, and other software systems to coordinate fault management, recovery tasks and more.

Principal Technologist Project Manager
Terry Fong (terry.fong@nasa.gov) Matt Deans (matthew.c.deans-1@nasa.gov)