AAAI Publications, Twenty-Third International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Planning Solar Array Operations on the International Space Station
Jeremy Frank

Last modified: 2013-06-02


Flight controllers manage the orientation and modes of eight large solar arrays that power the International Space Station (ISS). The task requires generating plans that balance complex constraints and preferences. These considerations include context-dependent constraints on viable solar array configurations, temporal limits on transitions between configurations, and preferences on which considerations have priority. The Solar Array Constraint Engine (SACE) treats this operations planning problem as a sequence of tractable constrained optimization problems. SACE uses constraint management and automated planning capabilities to reason about the constraints, to find optimal array configurations subject to these constraints and solution preferences, and to automatically generate solar array operations plans.


planning and scheduling; constraint reasoning; preferences

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