NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 7, 1999 Media Advisory m99-113 Summary: -- Video File

for June 7: Remote Agent-Spacecraft Flies Itself -- Upcoming Live Event: FUSE Mission Science Briefing, June 8 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Hyper-X...Preview of 21st Century Space Flight, June 10 ***** No news releases have been issued today. If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***** Video File for June 7, 1999 ITEM 1 REMOTE AGENT-SPACECRAFT FLIES ITSELF (REPLAY) (TRT 10:00) As scientists and science fiction buffs alike have long suspected, artificial intelligence software can indeed operate a spacecraft millions of miles from Earth. During the week of May 17, experts from NASA's Ames Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory pooled their expertise to conduct Remote Agent, an experiment designed to push the limits of spacecraft autonomy. Their efforts, involving commanding NASA's Deep Space 1 spacecraft, proved that this sophisticated artificial intelligence software is capable of achieving high-level goals by issuing spacecraft commands. Perhaps more importantly, however, they demonstrated that Remote Agent can also play doctor, diagnosing its own problems and developing effective action plans to regain its own good health. Item 1A Remote Agent software Animation: schematic drawing shows the command sequence as the Remote Agent software directs Deep Space 1 to fire its thrusters. Drawing dissolves to spacecraft as it flies by and fires its thrusters.

Item 1B Interview excerpts Dr. Pandu Nayak, Deputy Lead of the Remote Agent Experiment, NASA Ames Research Center Item 1C Interview excerpts Dr. Douglas Bernhard, Remote Agent Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Item 1D Deep Space 1 Mission Animation Animation shows the Deep Space 1 spacecraft leaving Earth, navigating deep in space and later flying by an asteroid and two comets. Item 1E Deep Space 1 in the clean room B-roll shows the Deep Space 1 spacecraft being assembled in the clean room and sealed into the rocket. Contact at NASA Ames: John Bluck, 650/604-5026; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: John Watson, 818/354-0474. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: FUSE BRIEFING, JUNE 8 Hoping to discover how the basic elements of the universe came into existence, NASA will launch the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) on June 23 from Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. Scientists will use FUSE to study primordial chemical relics of the Big Bang, from which all the stars, planets and life evolved. FUSE team members will brief reporters on the mission at 1 p.m. EDT June 8. The briefing will originate from the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. NASA Television will broadcast the briefing live with two-way question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Donald Savage, 202/358-1547; Contact at NASA Goddard: Donna Drelick, 301/286-8955; Contact at Johns Hopkins University: Gary Dorsey, 410/516-7160. ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: HYPER-X...PREVIEW OF 21ST CENTURY SPACE FLIGHT, JUNE 10 TOPIC: NASA is looking at concepts that promise to make space flight routine by the middle of the 21st Century. Right now, NASA engineers

are testing an engine that "breathes" oxygen from the air, something other rocket-powered spaceships can't do. Present-day rockets carry their liquid oxygen with them in heavy tanks. Air-breathing vehicles will be lighter and more cost effective than current rockets and will operate more like airplanes. Researchers at a wind tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, are testing an airbreathing engine at seven times the speed of sound -- preparing for the first realistic flight of this new Hyper-X engine concept early next year. TALENT: Larry Huebner, Hyper-X propulsion engineer, NASA Langley Research Center TIME: June 10, 1999,6-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call Ivelisse Gilman, 757/864-5036. ***** The NASA Video File generally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time, but may be pre-empted by mission coverage or breaking news. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Pam Poe, 202/358-0373. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site:

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