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23 July 1999 Results of an experiment using AUVs for shallow-water mine reconnaissance
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As part of the South Florida Ocean Measurement Center in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, a shallow water range with mines has been set up for a series of MCM experiments using the FAU AUVs. The first experiment was conducted December of 1998. The planned objective was to quantify the performance of the Ocean Explorer AUV for mine reconnaissance tasks such as rapid environmental assessment, remote search, remote classification and remote identification of mine like objects both moored in the water column and laying on the sea floor. The primary sensors used for this test were high frequency side scan and ambient light video. In addition, a forward look sonar and a laser line scanner were fielded. A CTD and DVL/ADCP provide environmental data. The AUV first conducted a wide area side scan survey and environmental assessment. The AUV then returned and its data uploaded. Human operators post processed the side scan and manually detected and classified targets. The AUV was then programmed to revisit the targets and perform close in multiple sensor sweeps with side scan and video of each target. Manual post processing and analysis of this data proved sufficient information for more accurate classification and even identification of targets. This paper will present preliminary results of this experiment with likely implications to VSW MCM operations.
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Samuel M. Smith, Edgar An, Reed Christensen, John Kloske, Scott Snowden, David Kronen, and Larry Marquis "Results of an experiment using AUVs for shallow-water mine reconnaissance", Proc. SPIE 3711, Information Systems for Navy Divers and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Operating in Very Shallow Water and Surf Zone Regions, (23 July 1999);


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