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Control of multiple UGVs
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Paper Abstract

The advantages of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) team include application of UGVs to a wider range of missions, reduced operator workload, and more efficient use of communications resources. Several mission applications for multiple UGV systems are described. Many single-UGV missions can be performed more quickly with a larger group of vehicles partitioning the workload. Certain missions, however, are possible only with a team of UGVs, or are greatly enhanced by cooperation among the vehicles. The four-vehicle surrogate semiautonomous vehicle system developed under the UGV/Demo II program is reviewed, and its capabilities for multi-vehicle operations are described. This system implements unmanned mobility, reconnaissance and surveillance, tactical communications, and mission planning and monitoring. The four semi- autonomous vehicles may work independently or as a team, controlled and monitored by a single operator. Ongoing development efforts for Demo II are described and longer-term directions for multiple UGV systems are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2738, Navigation and Control Technologies for Unmanned Systems, (27 May 1996);
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John R. Spofford, Lockheed Martin Astronautics (United States)
Steve H. Munkeby, Lockheed Martin Astronautics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2738:
Navigation and Control Technologies for Unmanned Systems
Scott A. Speigle, Editor(s)

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