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A framework for autonomous and continuous aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations
Author(s): Christopher Korpela; Philip Root; Jinho Kim; Stephen Wilkerson; S. Andrew Gadsden
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Paper Abstract

We propose a framework for intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance using an aerial vehicle with multiple sensor payloads to provide autonomous and continuous security operations at a fixed location. A control scheme and a graphical user interface between the vehicle and operator is strictly mandated for tasks requiring remote and unattended inspection. By leveraging existing navigation and path planning algorithms, the system can autonomously patrol large areas, automatically recharge when required, and relay on-demand data back to the user. This paper presents recent validation results of the system and its sensors using the proposed framework.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9828, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII, 982803 (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223350
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Korpela, U.S. Military Academy (United States)
Philip Root, U.S. Military Academy (United States)
Jinho Kim, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Stephen Wilkerson, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
S. Andrew Gadsden, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9828:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII
Daniel J. Henry; Gregory J. Gosian; Davis A. Lange; Dale Linne von Berg; Thomas J. Walls; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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