30 April 2009 Land, sea, and air unmanned systems research and development at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
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The Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) has a long and extensive history in unmanned systems research and development, starting with undersea applications in the 1960s and expanding into ground and air systems in the 1980s. In the ground domain, we are addressing force-protection scenarios using large unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and fixed sensors, and simultaneously pursuing tactical and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations with small man-portable robots. Technology thrusts include improving robotic intelligence and functionality, autonomous navigation and world modeling in urban environments, extended operational range of small teleoperated UGVs, enhanced human-robot interaction, and incorporation of remotely operated weapon systems. On the sea surface, we are pushing the envelope on dynamic obstacle avoidance while conforming to established nautical rules-of-the-road. In the air, we are addressing cooperative behaviors between UGVs and small vertical-takeoff- and-landing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). Underwater applications involve very shallow water mine countermeasures, ship hull inspection, oceanographic data collection, and deep ocean access. Specific technology thrusts include fiber-optic communications, adaptive mission controllers, advanced navigation techniques, and concepts of operations (CONOPs) development. This paper provides a review of recent accomplishments and current status of a number of projects in these areas.
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Hoa G. Nguyen, Robin Laird, Greg Kogut, John Andrews, Barbara Fletcher, Todd Webber, Rich Arrieta, and H. R. Everett "Land, sea, and air unmanned systems research and development at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific", Proc. SPIE 7332, Unmanned Systems Technology XI, 73321I (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818994; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.818994
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