AI and Space: How AI is Contributing to Shaping the Future of Space

AI and Space: How AI is Contributing to Shaping the Future of Space


Apr 2, 2024

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Over time, humans have tried to solve lots of space problems. The teamwork between humans and machines, with fancy technology, has been super important for making discoveries and big progress happen. If there's a need for more people in space, it's crucial to make the most of the few resources around. People gazed at the stars, feeling amazed and curious. And that curiosity is still strong today. That's why AI is so important for space exploration. Robots, satellites, and smart computers (AI) are working together to help us learn about space, fix things before they break, and map out galaxies, so we can explore the universe better. According to the latest BCC Research study, the demand for AI in Space Exploration: Global Market Outlook was valued at $2.5 billion in 2022 and will reach $11.7 billion by 2028.


Is AI Common in Space Exploration?

Absolutely! Right now, AI is playing a big role in space. It helps scientists process data quickly and accurately, and it also makes spacecraft do things automatically. AI getting better and better is making it possible for robots and machines to go and explore other planets and moons in new and amazing ways. It's all adding up to new discoveries, making AI super valuable for exploring the unknown. Imagine robots helping scientists explore outer space. That's what AI, or Artificial Intelligence, does in the space industry. It's like having smart computers that can learn and make decisions on their own. These smart AI systems analyze information, steer spaceships, and lend a hand to astronauts. They're like our space helpers, making space travel safer and more efficient.


AI in Space Exploration: Global Market Outlook

The global AI in space exploration market was valued at $2.5 billion in 2022 and will reach $11.7 billion by 2028.

Remarkable Projects Driving AI Automation in Space Industry

  • ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3- Chandrayaan-3’s mission is all about Artificial Intelligence (AI). The main characters, lander Vikram and rover Pragyan, are powered by AI. Pragyan uses AI to figure out the tricky lunar terrain, study soil, spot obstacles, and send crucial data back to Earth. Working during lunar days, Pragyan's AI skills could reveal more about the Moon's surface, atmosphere, and water presence. This mission highlights how AI is key to pushing lunar exploration forward.
  • NASA’s AI Exploration Initiative- Started in 2020, the AI CoE (Center of Excellence) is all about NASA using artificial intelligence (AI) for space exploration. The AI CoE is like a central spot where NASA works on making AI better and using it in different parts of their missions. They want to make AI that can help spacecraft do things on their own, analyze data better, and plan and do missions smarter.
  • Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON)- Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) is an AI-powered robotic assistant designed to assist astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). It was developed by Airbus in collaboration with IBM, specifically the Watson AI system. CIMON is a spherical device equipped with cameras, microphones, and speakers, allowing it to perceive and interact with its surroundings and crew members. Its primary purpose is to provide assistance, guidance, and companionship to astronauts during their missions by responding to voice commands, assisting with experiments, providing procedural information, and offering companionship during long periods in space.
  • Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES)- The Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program is an initiative led by the European Space Agency (ESA). It aims to develop and promote advanced satellite telecommunication technologies and services. ARTES supports various projects and activities, including research, development, and demonstrations of innovative satellite communication systems, equipment, and applications. The program focuses on improving the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of satellite communication networks, as well as promoting their widespread adoption in various sectors such as broadcasting, telecommunications, broadband internet, and emergency response.

Top Five AI impacting Space Companies:

SpaceX: Revolutionizing space travel with AI-driven innovations, from autonomous rocket landing to satellite deployment.

NASA: Harnessing AI for mission-critical tasks, enhancing spacecraft autonomy and data analysis capabilities.

Blue Origin: Integrating AI technologies to advance space tourism and enable sustainable exploration beyond Earth.

Planet Labs: Leveraging AI-powered satellites for high-resolution imaging and real-time monitoring of Earth's changing landscapes.

Deep Space Industries: Pioneering AI applications for asteroid mining and resource extraction in outer space

Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," show how exploring space is a big deal for all of us. It's like taking a tiny step for a person but a huge leap for everyone. While we're exploring space, we're also seeing AI making big changes in things like healthcare, online shopping, money stuff, and lots more.

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    Divya Dhamija

    Written By Divya Dhamija

    Divya Dhamija is a Senior Executive of Marketing Operations at BCC Research, with a master’s degree in business. She specializes in optimizing marketing strategies and content creation and is dedicated to driving organizational growth through strategic marketing initiatives.

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