The design and implementation of a semi-autonomous surf-zone robot using advanced sensors and a common robot operating system
Chung, Timothy H.
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A semi-autonomous vehicle, MONTe, was designed, modeled and tested for deployment and operation in a surf-zone coastal environment. The MONTe platform was designed to use unique land based locomotion that incorporates wheel-legs(WhegsTM) and a tail. Semi-autonomy was realized with data from onboard sensors and implemented through open source Robot Operating System (ROS), hosted on an Ubuntu Linux based processor. Communications via IEEE 802.11 protocols proved successful for data telemetry in line of site operations. Basic mobility and tail control of the platform was modeled in Working Model 2D. Field tests were successfully conducted to demonstrate mobility and semi-autonomous waypoint navigation. Future developments will look to improve the overall design and test water borne mobility, navigation, and communication.
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