I was about to launch into a huge rant about this, but you said it all for me.
Whatever this article is talking about, it sure isn't AI. And it sure isn't news. The closest thing to it that they mention is the EO-1 software, which I use every day (hey! I work at JPL!) for other missions.
If they wanted to talk about complicated planning systems, they should have thought about the MER (rover) to Odyssey (orbiter) relay communications scheduling, or AIM's on board event-based autonomous planning and scheduling software, or Kepler's fault protection tree. As was said already, it's only "AI" in the most liberal sense of the word. They're portraying this AI thing as "new" and revolutionary, when satellites and their engineers have been doing this for decades.