A real time autonomous underwater vehicle Dynamic Simulator
Jurewicz, Thomas A.
Zyda, Michael J.
McGhee, Robert B.
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The NPS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Simulator is a joint project between the Naval Postgraduate School's Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Departments. In order to test mission planning and execution software, an accurate vehicle dynamic model is required. Using dynamics based upon the Navy's Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV), there is a need to continually update the hydrodynamic coefficients based upon actual vehicle-in-water testing. The NPS AUV Dynamic Simulator contains a full set of submarine equations of motion and hydrodynamic coefficients. The coefficients are modifiable on-line, and a replay capability exists for further performance review. Using Monterey Bay as an underwater testing environment, there is need to be able to display expansive terrain data while maintaining the real time simulation. The Variable Terrain Resolution Algorithm incorporated into the NPS AUV Dynamic Simulator enables the entire Monterey Bay data base to be displayed in real time. Resolution adjustments are made automatically based upon the vehicle's depth level and system performance.
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