An Autonomy Design Competition for Non-Cooperative Space Operations in Kerbal Space Program

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Join us for a software design competition where participants will develop autonomous agents for maneuvering satellites engaged in non-cooperative space operations (e.g., pursuing an evasive satellite, multi-satellite proximity operations, etc.). Details below:

  • The software design challenge is based on MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Kerbal Space Program Differential Games (KSPDG) open-source library.
  • Participants will develop agents and algorithms for autonomous control of spacecraft simulated using the Kerbal Space Program.
  • Participants are encouraged to develop agents using a range of technologies (e.g., reinforcement learning, optimal control, game theoretical techniques, etc.).
  • Participants’ agents will be evaluated on a range of metrics, such as time to completion of the mission, fuel consumption, relative distances achieved, etc. 
  • The participant pool will undergo a series of elimination events, and teams with the best performing agents will be invited to present their agents via a live demonstration during a special session at the 2025 AIAA SciTech Forum.
  • Monthly meetings will be held in the lead up to AIAA SciTech Forum to allow technical exchanges between participants, MIT Lincoln Laboratory developers, and the forum organizers.  

If interested, register at the link above. Teams will be notified on upcoming meetings. There is no cost to participate, and AIAA membership and/or AIAA SciTech Forum registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Ross Allen.