Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment

Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment

An artist's concept of the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment uplinked to NASA's Earth Observer 1 spacecraft in 2004. › Larger view

Mission Summary

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.

Acronym: ASE
Type: Instrument
Status: Current
Launch Date: June 15, 2004
Target: Earth
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