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Sensor modeling for precision ship-relative navigation in degraded visual environment conditions
Author(s): Sanjiv Singh; Gary Sherwin; Regis Hoffman; Benjamin Grocholsky; Volker Grabe; Samuel Nalbone; Lyle Chamberlain; Spencer Spiker; Marcel Bergerman; Colin Wilkinson; David Findlay
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Paper Abstract

The Navy and Marine Corps will increasingly need to operate unmanned air vehicles from ships at sea. Fused multi-sensor systems are desirable to ensure these operations are highly reliable under the most demanding at-sea conditions, particularly in degraded visual environments. The US Navy Sea-Based Automated Launch & Recovery System (SALRS) program aims at enabling automated/semi-automated launch and recovery of sea-based, manned and unmanned, fixed- and rotary-wing naval aircraft, and to utilize automated or pilot-augmented flight mechanics for carefree shipboard operations. This paper describes the goals and current results of SALRS Phase 1, which aims at understanding the capabilities and limitations of various sensor types through sensor characterization, modeling, and simulation, and assessing how the sensor models can be used for aircraft navigation to provide sufficient accuracy, integrity, continuity, and availability across all anticipated maritime conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9471, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015, 94710G (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176533
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Sanjiv Singh, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Gary Sherwin, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Regis Hoffman, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Benjamin Grocholsky, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Volker Grabe, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Samuel Nalbone, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Lyle Chamberlain, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Spencer Spiker, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Marcel Bergerman, Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. (United States)
Colin Wilkinson, Naval Air Systems Command (United States)
David Findlay, Naval Air Systems Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9471:
Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2015
Jack Sanders-Reed; Jarvis J. Arthur, Editor(s)

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