Network of heterogeneous autonomous vehicles for marine research and management

TitleNetwork of heterogeneous autonomous vehicles for marine research and management
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLudvigsen, M, Albrektsen, SM, Cisek, K, Johansen, TArne, Norgren, P, Skjetne, R, Zolich, A, Dias, PSousa, Ferreira, ASérgio, de Sousa, JBorges, Fossum, TO, Sture, O, Krogstad, TRobekk, Midtgaard, O, Hovstein, V, Vagsholm, E
Conference NameOCEANS 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey
Date Publishedsep
ISBN Number978-1-5090-1537-5
KeywordsAUV, communications network, maritime, USV UAV

In spring of 2016, NTNU, FFI, Kongsberg Seatex, LSTS, Maritime Robotics and Radionor Communications set up an experiment to explore their capability to combine the research vessel Gunnerus, the AUV Hugin, the UAV X8 and the USV Mariner in a network of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles. Communication, manoeuvring, onboard processing and operational complexity are essential components in such networks. To provide communication the MBR broadband radio system was implemented. To show the capabilities of the system proposed, a scenario with seabed mapping and target recognition was defined. The experiment made it apparent that these networks has the potential of significantly saving cost for data collection in marine research and management by reducing ship time. To fully unlock the potential of networks of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles, the missions of each vehicle need to be more integrated.