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Development of a low-cost, unmanned surface vehicle for military applications
Author(s): A. Cadena
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development of an USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) prototype that serves as an educational platform and can be use for coastal patrol and operations in the jungle. The USV length is less than 2 m and range of 5000 m. It's composed by the following modules: propulsion, power, motor driver, CPU, sensor suite, camera system, communication and weapon system. The weapon system is formed by an experimental assault rifle and a rocket launcher with a fire control system. The assault rifle haven't got mechanical moving parts, the bullets (7.62x51mm round) are electronically ignited. The CPU is an FPGA development kit. The USV can be operate in remote mode or fully autonomous. Results of some systems from laboratory and sea trials are show.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8372, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV, 83721D (12 June 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924289
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A. Cadena, Ecuadorian Navy (Ecuador)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8372:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV
Weilin Will Hou; Robert Arnone, Editor(s)

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