Onboard Science Autonomy
The OWLS instrument suite can collect thousands of times more data than can be transmitted to Earth. Therefore, onboard science autonomy is required to distill out the most valuable biosignatures and ensure this information is transmitted to science experts. By summarizing and prioritizing data from multiple instruments, the science team has the best opportunity to bring together multiple overlapping lines of evidence when making conclusions about the potential existence of life.
The science data autonomy is developed hand in hand with the OCEANS and ELVIS scientists. The algorithm development focuses on transparency of the onboard decision-making process, robustness to outliers, and reconfigurability so scientists can tune the way data is processed and prioritized on the fly.