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Enabling technologies for unmanned protection systems
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Paper Abstract

Unmanned vehicles perform critical mission functions. Today, fielded unmanned vehicles have restricted operations as a single asset controlled by a single operator. In the future, however, it is envisioned that multiple unmanned air, ground, surface and underwater vehicles will be deployed in an integrated unmanned (and "manned") team fashion in order to more effectively execute complex mission scenarios. To successfully facilitate this transition from single platforms to an integrated unmanned system concept, it is essential to first develop the required base technologies for multi-vehicle mission requirements, as well as test and evaluate such technologies in tightly controlled field experiments. Under such conditions, advances in unmanned technologies and associated system configurations can be empirically evaluated and quantitatively measured against relevant performance metrics. A series of field experiments will be conducted for unmanned force protection system applications. A basic teaming scenario is: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) detect a target of interest on the ground; the UAVs cue unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the area; the UGVs provide on-ground evaluation and assessment; and the team of UAVs and UGVs execute the appropriate level of response. This paper details the scenarios and the technology enablers for experimentation using unmanned protection systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5804, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604819
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel M. Carroll, SPAWAR Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
Jerry L. Harbour, Idaho National Lab. (United States)
Scott G. Bauer, Idaho National Lab. (United States)
David J. Bruemmer, Idaho National Lab. (United States)
Estrellina B. Pacis, SPAWAR Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
Katherine D. Mullens, SPAWAR Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
H. R. Everett, SPAWAR Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5804:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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