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Distributed subterranean exploration and mapping with teams of UAVs
Author(s): John G. Rogers III; Ryan E. Sherrill; Arthur Schang; Shava L. Meadows; Eric P. Cox; Brendan Byrne; David G. Baran; J. Willard Curtis III; Kevin M. Brink
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Paper Abstract

Teams of small autonomous UAVs can be used to map and explore unknown environments which are inaccessible to teams of human operators in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts (HA/DR). In addition to HA/DR applications, teams of small autonomous UAVs can enhance Warfighter capabilities and provide operational stand-off for military operations such as cordon and search, counter-WMD, and other intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. This paper will present a hardware platform and software architecture to enable distributed teams of heterogeneous UAVs to navigate, explore, and coordinate their activities to accomplish a search task in a previously unknown environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2017
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 10190, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR VIII, 1019017 (4 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2266316
Show Author Affiliations
John G. Rogers III, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ryan E. Sherrill, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Arthur Schang, Engility Corp. (United States)
Shava L. Meadows, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Eric P. Cox, Engility Corp. (United States)
Brendan Byrne, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
David G. Baran, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
J. Willard Curtis III, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Kevin M. Brink, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10190:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR VIII
Tien Pham; Michael A. Kolodny, Editor(s)

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