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Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support

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Intelligent systems software technology research and development for NASA and other federal agencies

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Moffett Field, California, USA

Project Details

KBR enables research and development in intelligent systems for NASA and other federal government agencies. Our primary development areas include robotics, autonomous systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced controls, advanced collaboration environments, mobile computing platforms, data analytics, systems health, and software engineering tools for verification and validation of software systems.

This cutting-edge work includes conducting scientific research, developing new technologies, building applications, and infusing and deploying advanced information systems technology. Our goals focus on improving safety and systems effectiveness, infusing technologies into NASA missions, preventing conditions that may interfere with normal system operations, and addressing persistent NASA mission challenges, such as remote presence and limited resources.

Project Highlights

  • Supporting full lifecycle smallsat development for NASA Ames missions, such as LCROSS, LADEE, IRIS, BioSentinal, Starling and STPSat-5, which is a joint NASA/Air Force Research Laboratory program.
  • Conducting aeronautics research and software engineering to support development of a prototype system for management of unmanned aerial system (UAS) traffic that will safely enable large-scale, small UAS (sUAS) operations in low-altitude airspace and urban environments.
  • Applying Integrated System Health Management enabling technology to support fault management for NASA’s Space Launch System in support of crew safety and the launch abort system.
  • Developing and integrating new AI autonomous technologies for robotic exploration systems, including on-board rover autonomy and resource management, planetary surface rover development, applied computer vision, human-robot interaction, mobile manipulation, interactive 3D visualization, and robot software architectures. These technologies are being applied to systems such as Astrobee, a free-flying robot for the International Space Station, VIPER, a rover that will prospect for subsurface volatiles on the Moon, and Gateway, the orbital support station for NASA’s return to the moon.
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