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Multi-objective optimization to support mission planning for constellations of unmanned aerial systems
Author(s): S. Tenenbaum; D. Stouch; K. McGraw; T. Fichtl
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Paper Abstract

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have proven themselves indispensable in providing intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR). We foresee a future where constellations of multi-purpose UAVs will be tasked to provide ISR in an unpredictable environment. Automated systems will process imagery and other sensor data gathered by the constellations to provide continuous situational awareness for the warfighter on the ground. In this paper, we present a tool that generates coordinated mission plans for constellations of UAVs with multiple goals and objectives. We call this tool Spatially Produced Airspace Routes from Tactical Evolved Networks, or SPARTEN. SPARTEN uses evolutionary algorithm (EA)-based, multi-objective optimization to generate coordinated sortie routes for constellations of UAVs. These sortie routes maximize sensor coverage, avoid conflicts between UAVs, minimize the latency of sensor data, and avoid areas of poor weather to provide valid route solutions. We use an Air Maneuver Network (AMN) based on terrain reasoning to constrain the solution space. We make two contributions to the field of UAV route planning. We develop a tool to optimize planning across multiple objectives for constellations of UAVs, and we explore the performance of this tool on a battlefield scenario.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6962, Unmanned Systems Technology X, 696215 (22 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780618
Show Author Affiliations
S. Tenenbaum, Charles River Analytics, Inc. (United States)
D. Stouch, Charles River Analytics, Inc. (United States)
K. McGraw, U.S. Army ERDC CERL (United States)
T. Fichtl, Charles River Analytics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6962:
Unmanned Systems Technology X
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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