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Experiments in remote monitoring and control of autonomous underwater vehicles

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5 Author(s)
J. H. Kim ; Underwater Vehicles Lab., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; B. A. Moran ; J. J. Leonard ; J. G. Bellingham
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This paper describes research on remote monitoring and control of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). This work is part of a larger effort to create autonomous ocean sampling networks (AOSN), a new concept for collecting synoptic oceanographic data. AOSN is based on the operation of small, low cost autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) within an array of moorings that provide communication and power-supply nodes. Critical to the realization of AOSN will be the ability to control these assets and monitor the data collection process remotely. During the time in which our AOSN partners have been developing acoustic communications, our laboratory has performed a variety of remote monitoring and control experiments to test different types of network distributed control software. Experimental results are presented for runs in the Charles River in which a radio modem towed on a float was used to monitor and control the vehicle from a workstation on the Internet. In addition, we have used our acoustic navigation system to send simple command messages to an Odyssey vehicle, achieving simultaneous control of multiple AUVs operating in a high current environment in the Haro Strait

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OCEANS '96. MTS/IEEE. Prospects for the 21st Century. Conference Proceedings  (Volume:1 )

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23-26 Sep 1996