Finding Guaranteed RL Control for Satellite Systems
ID: SF24B-T007Type: Phase I
Overview

Topic

Finding Guaranteed RL Control for Satellite Systems

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: STTRPhase: Phase IYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Apr 17, 2024 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open May 15, 2024 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program. The specific topic of the solicitation is "Finding Guaranteed RL Control for Satellite Systems" and is under the branch of the Air Force. The objective of this topic is to discover and design machine learning or reinforcement learning architectures for use within a satellite control context that can provide guaranteed closed-loop behavior in a nonlinear controls context.

Machine learning and reinforcement learning techniques have shown their usefulness in creating control schemes for vehicles, but their lack of guaranteed safety is a drawback. This topic aims to explore whether certain control structures, activation functions, and training results for machine/reinforcement learning controllers exist that can provide formal guarantees for a satellite's behavior.

In Phase I, awardees will conduct a comprehensive review of current research in machine/reinforcement learning techniques and compile the requirements for a satellite controller. They will also devise a test plan to demonstrate the use of control systems using machine/reinforcement learning techniques.

In Phase II, awardees will design the theorems and control structures to illustrate the type of machine learning-based models and training approaches that can provide provable stability guarantees. These control systems will be implemented on multiple vehicles, including a representative satellite, to showcase their adherence to theoretical guarantees.

In Phase III, awardees will integrate the proposed control algorithms with satellite software in cooperation with satellite software manufacturers and military satellite system developers. They will demonstrate the performance of the control system on board a satellite and evaluate transition opportunities for utilization in approved Government civilian applications.

The project duration and funding specifics are not provided in the document. For more information and to submit proposals, interested parties can visit the SBIR topic link: SBIR Topic Link.

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