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An experimental approach to the challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy

An experimental approach to the challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy
An experimental approach to the challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy
It is expected that a key part of a future with increasing use of maritime autonomous systems, will require collaborative and integrated approaches to working. How such approaches can be developed and tested was the focus of the Integrated Mission Management Systems 2019 project. The immediate objective was to experimentally demonstrate the ability of a single mission management system to control a fleet of heterogeneous, multi-domain autonomous vehicles whereby their collaborative mission could be planned, verified, and delivered. 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 providing essential information into how such collaborations can be best executed, alongside invaluable lessons as to how existing vehicles need to enhance their interoperability and in particular, robustness of communications and mission plans.
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Hoang, Son
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Downes, Jon, Turnock, Stephen, Hoang, Son, Pritchard, Ben and Lam, Joseph (2022) An experimental approach to the challenges of mission planning for collaborative maritime autonomy. International Journal of Maritime Engineering. (In Press)

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It is expected that a key part of a future with increasing use of maritime autonomous systems, will require collaborative and integrated approaches to working. How such approaches can be developed and tested was the focus of the Integrated Mission Management Systems 2019 project. The immediate objective was to experimentally demonstrate the ability of a single mission management system to control a fleet of heterogeneous, multi-domain autonomous vehicles whereby their collaborative mission could be planned, verified, and delivered. 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 providing essential information into how such collaborations can be best executed, alongside invaluable lessons as to how existing vehicles need to enhance their interoperability and in particular, robustness of communications and mission plans.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 August 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 469826
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/469826
PURE UUID: 349997ec-b4e5-422e-b5ed-6866035c2048
ORCID for Jon Downes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2027-4474
ORCID for Stephen Turnock: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6288-0400
ORCID for Son Hoang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4095-0732

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Date deposited: 27 Sep 2022 16:30
Last modified: 10 Dec 2022 05:01

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Author: Jon Downes ORCID iD
Author: Stephen Turnock ORCID iD
Author: Son Hoang ORCID iD
Author: Ben Pritchard
Author: Joseph Lam

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