Intelligent Control of a Water-Recovery System: Three Years in the Trenches

R. Peter Bonasso, David Kortenkamp, Carroll Thronesbery


This article discusses our experience building and running an intelligent control system during a three-year period for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration advanced life support (ALS) system. The system under test was known as the Integrated Water-Recovery System (IWRS). We used the 3T intelligent control architecture to produce software that operated autonomously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 16 months. The article details our development approach, the successes and failures of the system, and our lessons learned. We conclude with a summary of spin-off benefits to the AI community and areas of AI research that can be useful for future ALS systems.

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