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Active-imaging-based underwater navigation
Author(s): David Monnin; Gwenaël Schmitt; Colin Fischer; Martin Laurenzis; Frank Christnacher
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Paper Abstract

Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are widely used for the localization and the navigation of unmanned and remotely operated vehicles (ROV). In contrast to ground or aerial vehicles, GNSS cannot be employed for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) without the use of a communication link to the water surface, since satellite signals cannot be received underwater. However, underwater autonomous navigation is still possible using self-localization methods which determines the relative location of an AUV with respect to a reference location using inertial measurement units (IMU), depth sensors and even sometimes radar or sonar imaging. As an alternative or a complementary solution to common underwater reckoning techniques, we present the first results of a feasibility study of an active-imaging-based localization method which uses a range-gated active-imaging system and can yield radiometric and odometric information even in turbid water.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2015
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9649, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications IX, 96490H (16 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2199912
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David Monnin, French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Gwenaël Schmitt, French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Colin Fischer, French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Martin Laurenzis, French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Frank Christnacher, French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9649:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications IX
Gary Kamerman; Ove Steinvall; Keith L. Lewis; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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