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Path Planning for Reduced Identifiability of Unmanned Surface Vehicles Conducting Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD ANNAPOLIS
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Unmanned Surface Vehicles USVs provide the Navy with the capability to perform many dull, dirty, and dangerous operations. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR in hostile areas has been identified as one of the mission areas where USVs can be particularly effective. These missions involve having a vessel enter enemy waters in order to gather information about the adversarys coastal waterways, naval vessels, and maritime installations. The objective of this research is to plan paths within hostile waters that a USV can follow in order to conduct ISR missions without being identified as a suspicious vessel. This involves the two competing objectives of gathering high quality intelligence and avoiding identification by the adversary.
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