Control Authority Network Analysis Applied to Lunar Outpost Deployment
Morse, Elisabeth L.
Easter, Robert W.
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In order to return humans to the Moon, the Constellation Program will be required to operate a complex network of humans and spacecraft in several locations. This requires an early look at how decision-making authority will be allocated and transferred between humans and computers, for each of the many decision steps required for the various mission phases. This paper presents an overview of such a control authority analysis, along with an example based upon a lunar outpost deployment scenario. The results illustrate how choosing an optimal control authority architecture can serve to significantly reduce overall mission risk, when applied early in the design process.