Remote Agent

What is a remote agent?

What does it mean to be autonomous?

To be autonomous is to be able to function without help. Remote Agent enables DS1 to be much more autonomous. Remote Agent can create and carry out plans to achieve the mission goals, can monitor the health of the spacecraft, and can often repair the spacecraft autonomously. DS1 also has an autonomous navigation system, called AutoNav, which is separate from, but works with, Remote Agent.

What does agent mean?
How does Remote Agent improve space exploration?
Is Remote Agent like the robots in science fiction movies?
How are satellites with no remote agent controlled?
What are the advantages of remote agents?
How does a remote agent work?
What is AutoNav?

Why is it important for spacecraft to be autonomous?
What are the distinguishing characteristics of agents as opposed to a normal program?
How do AutoNav and the remote agent work together?