TitleCooperative navigation of AUVs via acoustic communication networking: field experience with the Typhoon vehicles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAllotta, B, Caiti, A, Costanzi, R, Di Corato, F, Fenucci, D, Monni, N, Pugi, L, Ridolfi, A
Date Published10/2016

A cooperative navigation procedure for a team of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) is described and validated on experimental data. The procedure relies on acoustic communication networking among the AUVs and/or fixed acoustic nodes, and it is suitable as a low-cost solution for team navigation. Embedding the acoustic localization measurements in the communication scheme causes delays and sometimes loss of acoustic data, depending on acoustic propagation conditions. Despite this drawback, the results obtained show that on-board localization estimates have an error of the order of few meters, improving the overall navigation performance and leading the system towards long-term autonomy in terms of operating mission time, without the need of periodic resurfacings dedicated to reset the estimation error. The data were collected during the CommsNet ’13 experiment, led by the NATO Science and Technology Organization Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the Breaking The Surface ’14 workshop, organized by the University of Zagreb.

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