Benefits which SpaceX
getting from AI/ML

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) ?

In older words

Artificial intelligence is any task performed by a machine that would have previously been considered to require human intelligence.

Modern definitions of what it means to create intelligence are more specific. Francois Chollet, AI researcher at Google and creator of the machine-learning software library Keras, has said intelligence is tied to a system’s ability to adapt and improvise in a new environment, to generalise its knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar scenarios.

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. The term may also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind such as learning and problem-solving.

What is Machine Learning(ML) ?

Machine learning is a data analytics technique that teaches computers to do what comes naturally to humans and animals: learn from experience. Machine learning algorithms use computational methods to “learn” information directly from data without relying on a predetermined equation as a model. The algorithms adaptively improve their performance as the number of samples available for learning increases

Machine Learning is subset of AI that accounts for the vast majority of achievements in the field in recent years. When people talk about AI today they are generally talking about machine learning.

Benefits which SpaceX
getting from AI/ML

On May 30, 2020 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon was launched at 3:22 p.m. US Eastern Time from the Kennedy Space Center, this being the first time a space mission was launched by NASA since it decommissioned its ageing and unsafe Space Shuttle fleet in 2011. The rocket was successful in deploying the vehicle into orbit and safely returning to Earth.

AI in SpaceX’s Mission

On May 30, 2020 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon was launched at 3:22 p.m. US Eastern Time from the Kennedy Space Center, this being the first time a space mission was launched by NASA since it decommissioned its ageing and unsafe Space Shuttle fleet in 2011. The rocket was successful in deploying the vehicle into orbit and safely returning to Earth.

Recent research in landing spacecraft has focused on developing algorithms that increase the level of autonomy for air and space systems. Some of the major issues for spaceship or rocket landings include vacuum stage, software errors, guidance and sensor problems etc. Machine learning and computer vision are the core optimization and evaluation techniques for successful landings.

The SpaceX Falcon 9’s successful landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2015 demonstrated machine learning and computer vision’s power to transform space exploration. SpaceX used a convex optimization algorithm to determine the best way to land the rocket, with real-time computer vision data aiding route prediction. These advanced machine learning applications enabled the first reusable rocket in space exploration history — a feat scientists regard as essential in developing deep space exploration.

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