With commercial space travel now a reality, the idea that people might spend time on other planets in the future seems to have greater potential. To make this possible, however, there needs to be flexible means for manufacturing in space to enable tooling or resources to be created when needed to handle unexpected situations. Next-generation manufacturing paradigms offer significant potential for the kind of flexibility that might be needed; however, they can result in increases in computation time compared to traditional control methods that could make many of the computing resources already available on earth attractive for use. Furthermore, resilience is a significant focus of next-generation manufacturing strategies, and one way to enable resilience for space manufacturing would be to have backup controllers available on earth. These types of considerations raise questions about remote control and monitoring, as well as privacy of the data involved in such practices, that must be considered. This work provides a perspective on several topics tied to remote control and monitoring for manufacturing in space.
Controls and Control Theory | Information Security | Process Control and Systems
Nieman, K., A. F. Leonard, K. Tyrrell, D. Messina, R. Lopez, and H. Durand, "Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing in Space," IFAC-PapersOnLine (Proceedings of the 13th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, including Biosystems DYCOPS 2022: Busan, Republic of Korea, 14–17 June 2022), 55(7), 963-968. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2022.07.569