About the Experiment: Space Technology 6, part of NASA's New Millennium Program, hosts two advanced, experimental technologies. One, the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment, incorporates autonomous capabilities, many of which are "firsts." This technology, called Sciencecraft, is being developed in partnership between NASA, academia, the military, and several commercial companies.
Project Manager: Arthur B. Chmielewski, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Experiment Manager: Robert Sherwood, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
About the Technology: The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment allows radically different missions to implement significant onboard decision-making capabilities, which may lead to novel science opportunities.
Major Contractors/Contributors: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Interface Control Systems
Illustration of NMP's EO1 satellite, already in orbit.
Start of Operations: 2003
Spacecraft Host: the New Millennium Program's in-orbit Earth Observer 1
Technology Launch: early 2004
Launch Mass: Software only
Nancy J. Leon, New Millennium Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Contact for more info: Steve Chien, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date information last updated: November, 2003