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Simone D’Amico, Stanford professor of aeronautics and astronautics, is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create an AI system that will help managing satellites out of order. The AI system should facilitate the identification of dilapidated satellites and guide assistance spaceships to repair or remove them without aid from Earth’s assets.

The particular navigation system proposed by D’Amico would be energy-efficient, compact, and inexpensive. To find the derelict satellites, the tow truck will rely on cameras that take gray-scale images, 500 x 500 pixels, to lower data storage and process demand. Processors and AI algorithms that emerge as part of the competition will be incorporated into the repair satellite without ground communication. […]

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