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Man-portable command, communication, and control systems for the next generation of unmanned field systems
Author(s): Charles J. Jacobus; Brian T. Mitchell; Heidi N. Jacobus; Russell C. Watts; Mark J. Taylor; Alfonso Salazar
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Paper Abstract

New generations of military unmanned systems on the ground, at sea, and in the air will be driven by man-portable command units. In past efforts we implemented several prototypes of such units which provided display and capture of up to four video input channels, provided 4 color LCD screens and a larger status display LCD screen, provided drive input through two joysticks, and, through software, supported a flexible 'virtual' driver's interface. We have also performed additional trade analysis of prototype systems incorporating force feedback and extensive image-oriented processing facilities applied to man-controlled robotic control systems. This prior work has resulted in a database of practical design guidelines and a new generation of hardened compact robotic command center which is being designed and built to provide more advanced video capture, display, and interfacing features, supercomputer level computational performance, and ergonomic features for hard field use. In this paper we will summarize some past work and will project current performance to features likely to be common across most unmanned systems command, control, and communications subsystems of the near future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1831, Mobile Robots VII, (4 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.143789
Show Author Affiliations
Charles J. Jacobus, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)
Brian T. Mitchell, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)
Heidi N. Jacobus, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)
Russell C. Watts, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)
Mark J. Taylor, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)
Alfonso Salazar, Cybernet Systems Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1831:
Mobile Robots VII
William J. Wolfe; Wendell H. Chun, Editor(s)

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