Biologically Inspired Guidance for Tactical Munitions
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EGLIN AFB FL MUNITIONS DIRECTORATE
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Advances in new propulsion, materials, sensors, micro-electronics, and micro-manufacturing technologies offer the potential for constructing future low cost autonomous tactical munitions that, singly or cooperatively, exhibit behavior that approaches the complexity and flexibility of simple biological systems. Associated with achieving this potential is the requirement to perform complex computations in real-time that are far beyond even the projected capabilities of supercomputers running state-of-the-art mathematical computational algorithms. Challenges include context dependent processing of information from distributed networks of heterogeneous sensors, navigation and control in complex hostile environments, and guidance toward passively or actively deceptive objectives. These challenges are routinely met by living organisms using networks of neurosensory and neuro-effector circuits. With this motivation, this paper explores guidance concepts inspired by results from experimental insect biology.
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