- Conference date: 9–13 January 1994
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
An integrated control and health monitoring architecture that is being developed for the Pratt & Whitney XNR2000 nuclear rocket concept is presented. Control system requirements such as temperature regulation, fault accommodation, and autonomous operation are discussed. The proposed architecture will meet these requirements using proven control, information processing, and intelligent decision technologies, and will be integrated into a modular system to allow easier development and implementation in a distributed manner. The development of a simulation system for modeling the dynamic behavior of nuclear rockets and to allow control system testing is described. Development work on the intelligent decision (supervisory) control module and the module interfaces continues. The development of a higher level coordinating controller will be necessary for the interface of the multiple nuclear rocket propulsion subsystem with the rest of the spacecraft systems.
- Control systems
- Fault dynamics
- Information processing
- Process monitoring and control
- Space vehicles
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