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Applications of mid-mission acoustic retasking and SITREPS aboard an underway L3 Unmanned Maritime Systems Iver UUV network
Author(s): Hunter C. Brown
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Paper Abstract

As high-density power supplies extend mission runtimes from hours to days, the use of heterogeneous UUVs to perform coordinated missions is growing quickly. Two decades ago, a single unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) might be deployed to conduct a survey, and recovered several hours later with or without data and be deemed a mostly successful day. As technology has advanced, though, what constitutes a successful day has changed dramatically. Man-portable UUVs are demonstrating runtimes in terms of days, while new sensor packages are recording environmental data in unprecedented fidelity. This paper explores the use of acoustic communications to increase operational efficiency in a variety of situations. Specifically, we discuss acoustic network applications in the form of the ability to perform message forwarding, vehicle-determined acoustic retasking, and the use of acoustic mid-mission updates sent to third-party listening stations for near-real-time review.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11015, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2019, 110150D (30 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2519902
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Hunter C. Brown, L3 Unmanned Maritime Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11015:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2019
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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