Dynamic Transition to Fallback Operation of Material Circulation Control in Advanced Life Support System using Hierarchical Autonomous Control Method
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Advanced life support systems (ALSs) are designed to recycle and circulates materials within a living environment, and are expected to eventually make it possible to sustain life in outer space. This study addresses a subsystem that recycles the elements of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, with planned functions that include waste recycling and food production. We have previously proposed a procedure for such a system that combines automatic scheduling generation and multi-agent learning control and is based on a hierarchical control method. In this study, this procedure is used to simulate material circulation subsequent to the malfunction of a processor in the ALS that renders the processor inoperable. Specifically, a six-day simulation was carried out during which a waste processor stopped operating during the fourth day and remained inoperative. The results indicated that while the upper control layer did not have to carry out rescheduling, there was a time lag on the lower control layer. However, the lower control layer responded to the new environment in time to restore proper control.