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Title: Ocean Observation With Coordinated Robotic Platforms Coordination Algorithms Maintain Vehicle Formation
Authors: Nuno Cruz
Bruno Miguel Ferreira
Aníbal Matos
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The MARES is a small, torpedo-shaped AUV 1.5 meters long and 32 kilograms in weight in the basic version. In a typical configuration, a PC/104 computational system manages the entire mission, including communications with other devices and a control station. Navigation is provided by the fusion of data from an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an acoustic system for long baseline localization (LBL), complemented by a small GPS receiver, when the vehicle is at the surface. Four thrusters provide the capability to move as fast as 5 knots and to hover in the water column, with a set of lithium-ion batteries ensuring 10 hours of operation. MARES is a highly modular vehicle, with the ability to integrate a great variety of payload sensors, and it has been operating since 2007, mainly in environmental- monitoring missions. The capability of vehicles to follow a given trajectory and maintain reliable data exchange is among the most relevant topics when it comes to coordination of marine robots.
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