van der Horst, J., Noble, J. and Tatnall, A.
Robustness of market-based task allocation in a distributed satellite system
Advances in Artificial Life: Tenth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL '09).
The perceived robustness of multi-agent systems is claimed to be one of the great benets of distributed control, but centralised control dominates in space applications. We propose the use of market- based control to allocate tasks in a distributed satellite system. The use of an articial currency allows us to take the capabilities, energy levels and location of individual satellites, as well as signicant communication costs into account. Simulation is used to compare this approach to centralised allocation. We nd the market-based system is more ecient and more robust to satellite failure, due to the adaptive allocation of tasks.
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