Implementation of a manned vehicle - UAV mission system

M. Valenti, T. Schouwenaars, Y. Kuwata, E. Feron, J. How, J. Paunicka

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We discuss the development, integration, simulation, and flight test of a manned vehicle - UAV mission system in a partially-known environment. The full control system allows a manned aircraft to issue mission level commands to an autonomous aircraft in real-time. This system includes a Natural Language (NL) Interface to allow the manned and unmanned vehicle to communicate in languages understood by both agents. The unmanned vehicle implements a dynamic mission plan determined by a weapons systems officer (WSO) on the manned vehicle. The unmanned vehicle uses a Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) based trajectory planner to direct the vehicle according to the mission plan. We provide simulation and test results for this system using an integrated computer-based simulation and the vehicle hardware testing in late June 2004. The activities described in this paper are part of the Capstone demonstration of the DARPA-sponsored Software Enabled Control effort.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1563476703
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


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