Multi-vehicle Planning and Coordination (MPAC) System
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AbstractIn the future, the U.S. Navy will likely use unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as an integral part of the Navy's transformation to a networked, more agile force. Navy planners see USVs operating extensively in ocean, littoral (coastal), and riverine areas. USVs are less vulnerable operating on the water's surface than unmanned aerial and submersible vehicles in their respective areas. Unmanned systems are increasingly being used to provide persistent littoral surveillance for a broad range of missions, including reconnaissance, force protection, mine detection, special operations, antisubmarine warfare (ASW), and intelligence collection. The ability for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) to autonomously operate in a collaborative manner will significantly enhance mission capabilities. During Phase II, Robotic Research, LLC in partnership with General Dynamics Robotic Systems (GDRS), will develop the Multi-vehicle Planning and Coordination (MPAC) system. MPAC is a multi-vehicle control architecture that reduces the burden on the unmanned system operators while increasing both the effectiveness and efficiency of unmanned systems. The ultimate goal of such a system is to create a true force-multiplier effect with these unmanned systems. This work will conclude with a live in-water demonstration during the Phase II option.
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