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Safe operations of unmanned systems for reconnaissance in complex environments Army technology objective (SOURCE ATO): a year later
Author(s): N. Joseph Kott III; Edward Mottern; Tracy Keys van Lierop; Jeremy P. Gray
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines the testbed autonomy system, software technologies developed or enhanced, and an overview of the Enhanced Experiment during the second year of the SOURCE ATO. Over the past year, the Safe Operations of Unmanned systems for Reconnaissance in Complex Environments (SOURCE) program continued to make enhancements to LADAR and image based Perception, Intelligence, Control and Tactical Behavior technologies. These are required for autonomous collaborative unmanned systems. The hardware and software technologies are installed on a TARDEC developed testbed, the Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD). Ultimately, soldiers will be utilized to conduct safe operation testing scenarios in cluttered dynamic environments using Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) perception and processing hardware as well as software. Soldier testing will take place during October 2012 at Camp Lejeune MOUT facility in North Carolina.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8387, Unmanned Systems Technology XIV, 83870A (9 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.923072
Show Author Affiliations
N. Joseph Kott III, General Dynamics Robotic Systems (United States)
Edward Mottern, General Dynamics Robotic Systems (United States)
Tracy Keys van Lierop, General Dynamics Robotic Systems (United States)
Jeremy P. Gray, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8387:
Unmanned Systems Technology XIV
Robert E. Karlsen; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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