Automated support for rapid coordination of joint UUV operation
Johns, Seneca R.
Smith, Kevin B.
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Recently, marine services company Phoenix International headed the search efforts for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 using its Bluefin-21 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). In total, it conducted 270 hours of in-water time and covered approximately 250 square miles of ocean floor. Deploying multiple UUVs simultaneously would have increased the coverage area substantially within the same time period. Ideally, a coalition of countries would be able to jointly deploy their autonomous UUVs with little or no advance preparation since search time is limited. Such a task is beyond today’s capabilities. Multiple UUV coordination today relies heavily on acoustic communications, advance preparation and manual guidance. This thesis explores the application of static analysis to allow multiple UUVs to be deployed simultaneously with little advance preparation and no acoustic communications.
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