Virtual Assistant for Spacecraft Anomaly Treatment During Long-Duration Exploration Missions

Future exploration missions will require higher degrees of autonomy due to longer communication delays and mission durations. Consequently, ground support will be less effective for urgent tasks, such as identifying and resolving time-sensitive anomalies that appear during flight operations. For example, in case of a leaky fuel line or valve, the round-trip communication delay time to Mars may be too long to intervene. Providing the crew with onboard support to identify and resolve such anomalies in a timely manner is crucial to ensure their safety. We advocate for the use of virtual assistants to provide such support.