AI from and to space. ESA AI vision for space missions and earth observation applications
In 2003, the delivered a roadmap, in the framework of the Aurora program, to bring humans to explore Mars within the next few decades. This has motivated several projects into the design of robotic controllers for pinpoint landing, spacecraft rendezvous and docking, and satellite formation, typically using an Evolutionary Robotics approach or, more recently, machine learning. Very specialised business opportunities are being creating to do the spacecraft more intelligent.
ESA is also trying to attract the attention of the artificial intelligence community by creating a platform for space related competitions, a place for space enthusiasts from all over the world to set free their creativity and actively participate in the advancement of space and science.
But the spacecraft are looking to the Earth. The European Copernicus program is being used to create a huge economy based on the big data sensed by radars, cameras, ocean monitoring instruments and pollution sensors, everything supported by the European Global Navigation Satellite System and its high accurate positioning, timing and search and rescue services.
European Space Agency (ESA) is creating an ecosystem for AI solutions looking to the space and from space speed up by the Earth Observation and Navigation data availability. Everybody is invited to take part of it.