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Preliminary Design of an Autonomous Amphibious System

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Technical Report

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Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific San Diego United States

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This report describes the design of an autonomous amphibious system and associated software architecture being developed under the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific SSC Pacific Naval Innovative Science and Engineering NISE Program to augment the manned amphibious force. Amphibious landings and assaults are inherently dangerous and complex military operations, especially on a congested shore in an A2AD environment. An unmanned amphibious capability is desirable to reduce the risk to the warfighter. The preliminary autonomous vehicle design described accelerates the exploration of autonomy development by leveraging commercial off-the-shelf hardware, the Gibbs Quadski XL amphibious vehicle, and existing land and sea autonomy algorithms, allowing the primary focus to be on developing the autonomy software required for challenging sea to land transitions where perceptions sensor outputs will vary drastically and changing vehicle dynamics will require innovative new autonomy algorithms. The developed software architecture, drive-by-wire kit, and supporting electronics will provide the capability to develop new autonomy software required for successful amphibious landings in the challenging transition state between land and sea.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Computer Programming and Software

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