Columbus Generic Element Management Concept

by John Sved, MBB/ERNO Raumfahrttechnik GmbH, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


The concept for largely autonomous onboard management of the ESA Columbus project elements relies on the automation of operational procedures. Reconfigurable items are commanded in sequence during execution of Automated Procedures that ensure failure management during indeterminate system states. At other times a new form of generalized decision tables will deal with incomplete failure symptoms. Unacceptable operations are avoided by the management of execution of a planned timeline of predefined Actions. The concept supports both unmanned and manned systems.

Subject Headings: Automation and robotics | Aerospace engineering | Space exploration | Failure analysis | Systems management | Computing in civil engineering | Flight | Aircraft and spacecraft | Ohio | United States

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