Self-docking spacecraft could be built with AI system similar to ChatGPT

Docking one spacecraft with another is a delicate matter. No matter what spacecraft are involved, docking requires a series of extremely precise maneuvers. One slip can result in a major crash and a disastrous mission failure.

Predictably, docking without a human in the pilot’s seat is incredibly tricky. Automatic docking is possible in Earth orbit, but if engineers want to build truly self-driving autonomous spacecraft capable of docking procedures, they’ll need to give them the capacity to actually plan out their own docking maneuvers. Most spacecraft today simply do not have that ability. But some researchers have devised a plan: Delegate the task to an artificial intelligence system quite similar to the one behind ChatGPT. 

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