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Increasing autonomy of UAVs

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8 Author(s)
How, J.P. ; Dept. of Aeronaut. & Astronaut., Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA ; Fraser, C. ; Kulling, K.C. ; Bertuccelli, L.F.
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This article has presented a tightly integrated systems architecture for a decentralized CSAT mission management algorithm and demonstrated successful implementation in actual hardware flight tests. This CSAT architecture allows each UAV to accomplish a combined search and track mission by conceptualizing the searching aspect as a spare time strategy to be executed optimally over a short time horizon when the agents are not actively tracking a vehicle. This presented a balance between the two conflicting search and track modes and allowed the mission to achieve more than simply searching or tracking alone.

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Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 2 )