|Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment
An artist's concept of the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment uplinked to NASA's Earth Observer 1 spacecraft in 2004. › Larger view
The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment is an experimental technology on the Earth Observer 1 spacecraft that can autonomously make decisions about what data to collect, process that data and send it back to Earth.
The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment was created as part of Space Technology 6, a project to develop advanced systems that would let spacecraft of the future be more autonomous. It was uplinked to the Earth Observer 1 spacecraft virtually in 2004.