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Flock autonomy for unmanned vehicles
Author(s): Ilya Schiller; Joanne S. Luciano; James Stark Draper
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Paper Abstract

In real-world situations multiple vehicles will be called upon to perform exploration, national defense, rescue and routine operations in hazardous environments. In multi-vehicle missions, the benefits autonomy has to offer are even greater. Multi-vehicle control and monitoring with autonomous operation will become an absolute necessity and autonomous cooperation of vehicles is the only practical alternative. Developing enabling technologies, such as autonomous control systems, can provide UAVs with the ability to fuse sensor data, cope with conflicting inputs, and make decisions. The success of UAV missions flying straight paths between way points can be enhanced by an on-board trainable adaptable replanning system that can route the UAV around unexpected threats or detour for unusual observations. This paper investigates different levels of autonomy for multiple unmanned vehicles. It is shown that different types of autonomous cooperation will be needed for different types of missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1831, Mobile Robots VII, (4 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.143822
Show Author Affiliations
Ilya Schiller, KTAADN, Inc. (United States)
Joanne S. Luciano, KTAADN, Inc. (United States)
James Stark Draper, KTAADN, Inc. (United States)

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

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