News Articles with Category: Planning and Control

Teledyne Webb Research Releases New Glider Piloting Software – Piloting Made Easy

October 12, 2016 - via Teledyne Webb Research The new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active vehicle tracking and mission planning, consolidated data management, the ability to access piloting tools from any platform including tablets and smartphones, and increased security with individual login accounts and multi-level permission sets

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Leidos Prototype USV Completes First Self Guided Voyage

January 26, 2015 - via Leidos Controlled only by the autonomy system, and with only a navigational chart of the area loaded into its memory and inputs from its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radars, the surrogate vessel successfully sailed the complicated inshore environment of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

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A Smarter Undersea Robot

January 16, 2015 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Engineers seek to correct a curious deficiency

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Valmie Resources (VMRI) Announces Revolutionary AIMD Platform Is Now Under Development

January 14, 2015 - via Valmie Resources The AIMD platform will not only enable collection and transmission of the most precise data and images, but also will provide improved analysis, reporting, and in some cases include the capability to deploy action in order to immediately address detected issues.

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Analyzing the propulsion of a soft robotic fish

December 24, 2014 - via University of Electro-Communications The successful analysis paves the way for future applications of fluid-structure interaction analysis to improve the performance of underwater robots.

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RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

December 12, 2014 - via Stanford University If you have a question, you can ask Google or Bing or any number of online databases. Now robots have their own knowledge database

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SeeByte to Provide ‘SeeTrack’ for NOC’s Gliders

September 17, 2014 - via SeeByte SeeTrack Professional is an open-architecture platform solution for rapid on-site analysis and data fusion that can be easily adapted for specific user needs. Developed as a mission-planning, monitoring, post-processing and reporting tool, this software technology has been successfully deployed on numerous surveys, military and security operations and scientific experiments.

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Greensea Upgrades Falcon DR with Autonomy and Advanced Control System

July 11, 2014 - via Greensea Systems Combined with a FOG-based INS developed by Greensea, the Balefire control system added autopilots, station keeping, dynamic positioning, autonomous control modes, path following, mission planning, and sensor fusion to the basic Falcon DR ROV system.

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Video: Underwater Robotic Bomb Squads

October 18, 2013 - via University of Michigan University of Michigan has developed an autonomous robot that conducts optical real-time visual mapping and inspection of a ship's hull.

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Bluefin and MIT Demonstrate AUV Plug-n-Play Payload Autonomy

July 23, 2013 - via Bluefin Robotics It allows us to test the mission configuration by connecting the payload computer carrying the autonomy software to a laptop computer with a simulation environment representing realistic platform dynamics and sensory input. The autonomy software is then installed on a small platform such as the Bluefin-9 for field-testing of the autonomy at low cost before it is finally installed on the operational platform such as the Bluefin-21

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Making Waves

June 12, 2013 - via MIT News Researchers are also applying their models to the dynamic control and planning of swarms of autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs. Increasingly, these robots are used to sample and monitor the ocean for pollution, marine populations, energy applications, and security and naval operations. With his students, Lermusiaux is developing mathematical models to determine the most efficient paths for robots to take, maintaining coordination among robots along the way.

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Metron Get Navy R&D LDUUV Contract

May 21, 2013 - via Metron Metron is being awarded a contract to include in-lab integration and testing of autonomy and mission planning software with bench test hardware selected for deployment on the LDUUV.

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ONR Provides Blueprint for Controlling All Military Unmanned Systems

May 3, 2013 - via Office of Naval Research The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) software can be added to any unmanned system to enable it to communicate and work with any other. It will run on any type of platform or hardware, and it can overlay existing systems running on propriety software to make them work with any others.

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Here’s How Darpa’s Robot Ship Will Hunt Silent Subs

December 27, 2012 - via Wired SAIC is designing the ACTUV to be way more autonomous than contemporary drone aircraft: After a sailor powers it up and helps guide it out of port, she can go on a long vacation while the ACTUV speeds out to the open water to use its long-range acquisition sonar and other advanced sensors to scan for submarines, while automatically steering clear of any nearby surface ships.

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Lockheed Martin acquires assets of unmanned vehicle control software developer CDL Systems

December 22, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics CDL Systems has developed an open, standards-based, and commercial off-the-shelf software product that has been integrated into unmanned vehicle platforms. The company’s products are designed on interoperable and open architecture systems to support government and civil applications.

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Bluefin to Offer Seebyte's SeeTrack AutoTracker Software for Enhanced AUV Pipeline Inspections

December 20, 2012 - via Bluefin Robotics The collaboration is aimed at equipping Bluefin's 21-inch AUV platforms with SeeTrack AutoTracker. SeeTrack AutoTracker was developed to enable AUVs to perform export pipeline inspections using on-board payload sensors to detect pipelines and automatically adjust the vehicle's trajectory to optimally track the pipeline.

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Underwater robots from Stanford smart enough to explore treacherous deep-ocean terrain

November 26, 2012 - via Stanford University Engineers at Stanford's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have developed autonomous underwater vehicles that can photograph regions of the ocean floor that were once too risky for these robotic explorers.

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Autonomous robot scans ship hulls for mines

July 17, 2012 - via MIT Algorithms enable robot to navigate and view propellers and other complex structures.

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AUV path planning for High-Resolution Localization of Marine Animals

March 14, 2012 - via Rutgers University The ability to monitor distribution and movement of mobile marine animals at the level of the individual is critical for understanding of population structure and habitat use.

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Sometimes the quickest path is not a straight line

March 8, 2012 - via MIT New methods and software developed at MIT can predict optimal paths for automated underwater vehicles.

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Deep-Sea Diving Robot Can Do Dangerous Work

January 18, 2012 - via Georgia Tech “The main novelty of the research was in our use of a technique called ‘automatic control,’” Malisoff says. “The robot is able to sense where it is.”

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Carnegie Mellon creates computerized method for matching images in photos, paintings, sketches

December 6, 2011 - via Carnegie Mellon University Approach mimics human ability to match images across domains

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ASTM Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Committee To Meet in Washington, D.C.

August 9, 2011 - via ASTM Committee F41 is focused on the development of standards and guidance materials for unmanned undersea vehicle systems and unmanned surface vehicle systems to facilitate an interoperable, modular and multifunctional family of platforms.

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SIS Wins ONR Contract for Autonomous Control and Perception for Unmanned Systems

July 18, 2011 - via Spatial Integrated Solutions The award builds on SIS's successful development to date of a fully autonomous maritime navigation and control system (Autonomous Maritime Navigation (AMN)).

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MOOS-IvP, the Open-source Backseat Driver Software, Successfully Demonstrated on Bluefin-9

July 15, 2011 - via Bluefin Robotics “This demonstration supports our objective to create a hybrid network of AUVs and autonomous surface craft for adaptive and collaborative ocean sensing and monitoring without continuous communication with the operators.

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BAE Systems and SeeByte Sign Co-operation Agreement to Develop Solutions for Autonomous Maritime Operations

July 11, 2011 - via SeeByte BAE Systems Mission Systems and SeeByte have identified a shared vision for the managed introduction of autonomous computing into future military mission systems through the exploitation of 'open' or modular, yet secure, architectures. Thus they intend to work together to develop fully integrated MCM mission systems offering innovative, flexible and adaptable solutions for the adoption of unmanned systems into future MCM operations.

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OpenJAUS Releases Next-Gen Standard

June 22, 2011 - via OpenJAUS OpenJAUS, LLC announced that their latest robotics software development kit, OpenJAUS 4.0, has been publicly released. Their new software library implements the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) as developed by SAE’s unmanned systems committee (AS-4).

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DARPA Asks Gamers To Test Submarine-Tracking Simulator

April 5, 2011 - via Information Week The Navy will eventually use the software, but its available now in the Dangerous Waters computer game as well as a free online download.

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The mathematics of fish schools and flocks of humans

February 22, 2011 - via ars technica What drives groups of individual animals to act in a coherent manner? Everyone has seen the oddly coordinated behavior exhibited by flocks of birds or schools of fish as they turn, sweep, and rotate seemingly as one. But how does a group of individuals make decisions about how to move and where to go at once? Do they follow some prescribed and describable mathematical behavior?

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Navy surveys industry for expertise in designing unmanned vehicle common control station technology

September 19, 2010 - via Military Aerospace Researchers at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NavAir) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are surveying industry for companies able to design and build a common control station for all unmanned vehicles operating on the ground, at sea, and in the air. This common control system (CCS) should be able to perform vehicle command and control, payload command and control, mission planning, and data dissemination across all domains -- land, sea, undersea, and air.

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'Toolbox' could improve deep-sea inspection of oil pipelines

July 8, 2010 - via The Engineer Researchers involved in the GREX project aim to develop new technology that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to work together as a team, meaning that it will be possible to inspect more vital deep-sea oil drilling infrastructure at greater speed.

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