The autonomous Swarm demonstration, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, highlights a first-of-its-kind technology that gives naval warfighters a decisive edge through enabling unmanned Navy vessels to overwhelm an adversary. The demonstration took place on the James River in Virginia during the first two weeks of August, 2014.
SIS was designated the Demonstration Lead by ONR and was responsible for development and execution of the demonstration in addition to being the Lead System Integrator which required the outfitting of USVs with CAN systems, building the autonomy kits, developing software, as well as the operation of the vessels.
The event demonstrated the following actions:
- Five USVs performing a collaborative mission without the requirement for safety riders or remote control - "A first for the US Navy"
- Unmanned collaborative Escort of a "Blue" High Value Unit (HVU) by five autonomous USVs
- Target acquisition by USVs using radar and the passing of that radar data to a shared Common Operational Picture (COP)
- Target designated "Hostile" to all USVs by Man-On-The Loop, single action to engage target
- Collaborative autonomous fly-by attack of Hostile "Red" vessel
- Autonomous blocking of "Red" vessel to protect HVU
- Return of USVs to Escort positions by Man-On-The Loop, single action
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Personnel Transfer from USV to HVUClose
Green USV with Camera Helicopter overheadClose
Dave Summer working.Close
Yellow USV unmanned and autonomousClose
White USV unmanned and autonomousClose
Swarm all togetherClose
JPL working on the HVUClose