Aurora Flight Sciences: UxV Multi-Vehicle Autonomous Control for Littoral Missions

Joseph Holler, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Joseph Kendall, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Tony Lopez, Babson College
John Morgan, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Andrea Striz, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Nikolaus Wittenstein, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Abstract

The Aurora SCOPE project is part of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Office of Naval Research that is held by Aurora Flight Sciences. The project focused on creating a physical demonstration of Aurora’s Onboard Planning Module (OPM). The OPM serves to coordinate missions between multiple autonomous vehicles.

The final demonstration involved the coordination of three unmanned surface vehicles on a target identification and tracking mission. The Aurora SCOPE team supplied two of the vehicles for this demonstration. The targets were identified and tracked using a sensor package determined by the research of the students of the team. The sensor package chosen consisted of a 180 degree LIDAR and a camera vision system.