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Making UAVs tactically smarter
Author(s): Keith Arthur
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Paper Abstract

In future operations unmanned systems must act in concert with manned vehicles and work as a team to accomplish mission-level objectives with minimal human intervention or control. Current technology requires one or more operators/controllers for each unmanned vehicle, is void of inter-vehicle collaboration, and provides limited true autonomy. The Unmanned Autonomous Collaborative Operation program (UACO) is an Army research and development effort designed to advance the state of the art in these areas and demonstrate militarily relevant mission behaviors involving multiple unmanned air vehicles. Multi-UAV autonomy command and control programs are underway in other elements of the Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and the Navy; however, most conclude with simulation demonstration. This project builds on such efforts but takes the next step toward maturity by including flight demonstrations of UACO mission behaviors in Army aviation and infantry support contexts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5804, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603804
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Keith Arthur, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5804:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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