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Challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy

Challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy
Challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy
It is expected that a key part of a future, with ever increasing use of, maritime autonomous systems will require collaborative and integrated working. How approaches to such collaborative working can be developed and tested was part of the Integrated Mission Management System 2019 (IMMS2019) project. The immediate objective was to demonstrate the ability to use a single mission management system to control a fleet of heterogeneous autonomous platforms whereby their collaborative mission could be planned, verified and delivered. In order to challenge the various spatial-temporal-energetic-communication-environmental constraints when operating such a fleet, real-world demonstration trials were carried out in Plymouth sound deployed from the Thales Maritime Autonomy Centre at Turnchapel Wharf. The trials were focussed on ensuring that the control of the mission was secure and robust and that the need for human intervention was minimised. The trials were based on use of a 12m Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) that acted as the mobile command centre, a C-CAT3 Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV), a fixed wing autonomous aircraft, and a pair of EcoSub Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The successful completion of the trials provided essential information into how such collaborations can be best executed, alongside invaluable lessons as to how existing platforms need to enhance their interoperability and in particular, robustness of communications and mission plans.
Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Turnock, Stephen
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Hoang, Thai Son
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Turnock, Stephen, Hoang, Thai Son, Ossont, Steven J, Downes, Jon, Lam, Joseph and Pritchard, Ben (2020) Challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy. In Autonomous Ships: 17th-18th June 2020, London, UK. Royal Institution of Naval Architects..

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Abstract

It is expected that a key part of a future, with ever increasing use of, maritime autonomous systems will require collaborative and integrated working. How approaches to such collaborative working can be developed and tested was part of the Integrated Mission Management System 2019 (IMMS2019) project. The immediate objective was to demonstrate the ability to use a single mission management system to control a fleet of heterogeneous autonomous platforms whereby their collaborative mission could be planned, verified and delivered. In order to challenge the various spatial-temporal-energetic-communication-environmental constraints when operating such a fleet, real-world demonstration trials were carried out in Plymouth sound deployed from the Thales Maritime Autonomy Centre at Turnchapel Wharf. The trials were focussed on ensuring that the control of the mission was secure and robust and that the need for human intervention was minimised. The trials were based on use of a 12m Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) that acted as the mobile command centre, a C-CAT3 Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV), a fixed wing autonomous aircraft, and a pair of EcoSub Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The successful completion of the trials provided essential information into how such collaborations can be best executed, alongside invaluable lessons as to how existing platforms need to enhance their interoperability and in particular, robustness of communications and mission plans.

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Published date: 17 June 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 445547
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445547
PURE UUID: d30bb051-a27e-4f5d-9804-f0da14c59b3b
ORCID for Stephen Turnock: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6288-0400
ORCID for Thai Son Hoang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4095-0732
ORCID for Steven J Ossont: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3864-7072
ORCID for Jon Downes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2027-4474

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Date deposited: 15 Dec 2020 17:31
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:25

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Author: Stephen Turnock ORCID iD
Author: Thai Son Hoang ORCID iD
Author: Steven J Ossont ORCID iD
Author: Jon Downes ORCID iD
Author: Joseph Lam
Author: Ben Pritchard

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