Mission Planning for Robotic and Human Exploration

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)
Mission Planning for Robotic and Human Exploration

Overview:  Mission planning for spaceflight is a complex challenge for ground operators managing robotic or human missions. It requires integrating the needs of various disciplines and creating an effective, efficient, and safe plan to execute. NASA uses  specialized tools to meet planning requirements and constraints. This talk will provide an overview of spaceflight mission planning as well as the software tools the Human-Computer Interaction Group has built to support scheduling and planning. Also, it identifies  the future scheduling and planning challenges for human Mars missions and how we leverage Earth Analogs to learn about Mars operations.


Dr. Jessica Marquez is a human systems engineer at NASA Ames Research Center. She has a Ph.D. from MIT in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a Master's from the same place.  Her undergraduate is in Mechanical Engineering  from Princeton University.  Her expertise is in space human factors engineering and human-computer interaction. She currently is the Lead Discipline Scientist for Human-Automation-Robotic Integration within NASA's Human Research Program. She has worked on  a myriad of projects, recently developing and deploying planning & scheduling software tools for flight controllers in space operations.

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