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JEFX 10 demonstration of Cooperative Hunter Killer UAS and upstream data fusion
Author(s): Brian K. Funk; Jonathan C. Castelli; Adam S. Watkins; Christopher B. McCubbin; Steven J. Marshall; Jeffrey D. Barton; Andrew J. Newman; Cammy K. Peterson; Jonathan T. DeSena; Daniel A. Dutrow; Pedro A. Rodriguez
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Paper Abstract

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory deployed and demonstrated a prototype Cooperative Hunter Killer (CHK) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capability and a prototype Upstream Data Fusion (UDF) capability as participants in the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2010 in April 2010. The CHK capability was deployed at the Nevada Test and Training Range to prosecute a convoy protection operational thread. It used mission-level autonomy (MLA) software applied to a networked swarm of three Raven hunter UAS and a Procerus Miracle surrogate killer UAS, all equipped with full motion video (FMV). The MLA software provides the capability for the hunter-killer swarm to autonomously search an area or road network, divide the search area, deconflict flight paths, and maintain line of sight communications with mobile ground stations. It also provides an interface for an operator to designate a threat and initiate automatic engagement of the target by the killer UAS. The UDF prototype was deployed at the Maritime Operations Center at Commander Second Fleet, Naval Station Norfolk to provide intelligence analysts and the ISR commander with a common fused track picture from the available FMV sources. It consisted of a video exploitation component that automatically detected moving objects, a multiple hypothesis tracker that fused all of the detection data to produce a common track picture, and a display and user interface component that visualized the common track picture along with appropriate geospatial information such as maps and terrain as well as target coordinates and the source video.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 8045, Unmanned Systems Technology XIII, 80450E (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882931
Show Author Affiliations
Brian K. Funk, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jonathan C. Castelli, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Adam S. Watkins, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Christopher B. McCubbin, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Steven J. Marshall, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey D. Barton, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Andrew J. Newman, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Cammy K. Peterson, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jonathan T. DeSena, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Daniel A. Dutrow, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Pedro A. Rodriguez, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8045:
Unmanned Systems Technology XIII
Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Robert E. Karlsen; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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