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Lab Environment at NASA Ames Research Center Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet
Lab Environment at NASA Ames Research Center where Madhav Mishra, PhD at Luleå University of Technology was a visiting researcher for three months. Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Planning more cooperation with NASA

Published: 21 October 2015

Madhav Mishra PhD from Luleå University of Technology that has been a guest researcher at NASA during the summer has opened doors for more cooperation with the US space agency. He had the opportunity to research three months at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, just south of Palo Alto, California. The next step in the cooperation was to invite NASA scientists to the university.

Meeting between the university and NASA staff Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet
Professors Uday Kumar and Diego Galar mid back and Madhav Mishra left front meets the leadership of the NASA Ames Research Center Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet

- We have invited scientists from the space agency to Luleå University of Technology to give lectures and to continue dialogue on cooperation. Dr. Kai Goebel, head of prognosis at NASA ARC has accepted this, says Professor Uday Kumar at Luleå University of Technology who is Madhav Mishra's manager.

During Mishra's stay at NASA Professor Kumar and his colleague, Professor Diego Galar traveled down to initiate a dialogue with the space agency for more cooperation. The purpose of the visit, and the invitation is to increase knowledge at Luleå University of Technology in the field of prognostics in which NASA has leading knowledge.

Research goal achieved

Madhav Mishra's research goals before joining NASA was to develop a new algorithm that can be used to predict the service life of various items with higher precision. This is a research focus within SKF University Technology Centre at the University of Lulea where he normally operates. He lit up when asked and explains that he succeeded.

Test arena for NASA's vehicles in space Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet
Test and development arena for NASA's vehicles in space, eg March craft Curiosity where Madhav Mishra's algorithm can be used for the calculation Photo: Luleå tekniska universitet

- Yes, I have now developed an algorithm that can make forecasts and anticipate events. It can for example be used to predict how long operation batteries in the NASA vehicle on Mars holds before they are discharged, he says.

He aims at NASA's renowned research vehicle Curiosity rover, which is used to download various kinds of samples from Mars. With the algorithm, he can calculate the vehicle's energy consumption. On the basis of that the decisions can be taken how many sites the vehicle can reach to retrieve samples and finally be able to return to the starting point before the battery is depleted.

Uday Kumar

Uday Kumar, Professor and Head of Subject, Head of Division

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