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New "artificial brain" technology for NASA

Christoph Adami, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is part of a research team which has been selected by NASA to develop new technologies for "artificial brains" which can be used in future space missions to the asteroid belt where the proposed spacecraft will be very compact.

Such small spacecraft would require a higher on-board intelligence than previous missions used, as they would not have the power and antenna requirements for detailed remote control from Earth-based mission control centers. This additional intelligence would allow more complex missions to such distant locations than have been possible using older technology.

The research team also includes scientists at the University of Arizona and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is one of nine research teams selected to develop different aspects of the new space probes' design.

For more details, see the articles at MSU Today and the MSU College of Natural Science web site.