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Coordinating space telescope operations in an integrated planning and scheduling architecture

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4 Author(s)
Muscettola, N. ; Robotics Inst., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Smith, S.F. ; Cesta, A. ; D'Aloisi, D.

The heuristic scheduling testbed system (HSTS), a software architecture for integrated planning and scheduling, is discussed. The architecture has been applied to the problem of generating observation schedules for the Hubble Space Telescope. This problem is representative of the class of problems that can be addressed: their complexity lies in the interaction of resource allocation and auxiliary task expansion. The architecture deals with this interaction by viewing planning and scheduling as two complementary aspects of the more general process of constructing behaviors of a dynamical system. The principal components of the software architecture are described, indicating how to model the structure and dynamics of a system, how to represent schedules at multiple levels of abstraction in the temporal database and how the problem solving machinery operates. A scheduler for the detailed management of Hubble Space Telescope operations that has been developed within HSTS is described. Experimental performance results are given that indicate the utility and practicality of the approach.<>

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Control Systems, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 1 )