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modular guidance, navigation and control system for unmanned surface vehicles

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Date Issued:
2012
Summary:
The design and integration of an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) control system is described. A survey of related work in both USV control, and unmanned vehicle operating software is presented. The hardware subsystem comprising a modular Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) package is explained. A multi-threaded software architecture is presented, utilizing a decentralized, mutex-protected shared memory inter-process communication subsystem to provide interoperability with additional software modules. A generic GNC approach is presented, with particular elaboration on a virtual rudder abstraction of differential thrust platforms. A MATLAB Simulink simulation is presented as a tool for developing an appropriate controller structure, the result of which was implemented on the target platform. Software validation is presented via a series of sea trials. The USV was tested both in open- and closed-loop control configurations, the results of which are presented here. Lastly recommendations for future development of the GNC system are enumerated.
Title: A modular guidance, navigation and control system for unmanned surface vehicles.
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Name(s): Furfaro, Thomas C.
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
Extent: x, 103 p. : ill. (some col.)
Language(s): English
Summary: The design and integration of an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) control system is described. A survey of related work in both USV control, and unmanned vehicle operating software is presented. The hardware subsystem comprising a modular Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) package is explained. A multi-threaded software architecture is presented, utilizing a decentralized, mutex-protected shared memory inter-process communication subsystem to provide interoperability with additional software modules. A generic GNC approach is presented, with particular elaboration on a virtual rudder abstraction of differential thrust platforms. A MATLAB Simulink simulation is presented as a tool for developing an appropriate controller structure, the result of which was implemented on the target platform. Software validation is presented via a series of sea trials. The USV was tested both in open- and closed-loop control configurations, the results of which are presented here. Lastly recommendations for future development of the GNC system are enumerated.
Identifier: 794275294 (oclc), 3342052 (digitool), FADT3342052 (IID), fau:3855 (fedora)
Note(s): by Thomas C. Furfaro.
Thesis (M.S.C.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2012.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2012. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Underwater navigation
Adaptive signal processing
Inertial navigation systems
Oceanographic instruments -- Development
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/3342052
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Host Institution: FAU