Autonomous behavior and onboard decision making is the backbone of robotic space exploration. The enormous distance and communication latency make such missions hardly controllable from Earth and external decision making may overlap and often contradict with the onboard decision making. We propose a behavior model based on some sort of “laziness” that helps spacecraft evaluate external instructions and eventually postpone their execution, or even discard some, when those are considered inappropriate by the internal spacecraft decision making.


decision making space exploration autonomous spacecraft 


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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emil Vassev
    • 1
  • Mike Hinchey
    • 1
  1. 1.Lero—the Irish Software Engineering Research CentreUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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