Simulator Development for Multiple Unmanned Underwater Vessels (Full Draft)
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS MARINE GEOSCIENCES DIV
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This paper is about the development of a system that will simulate the operation of multiple Unmanned Underwater Vessels UUV. The simulator is being designed to support the research efforts of the Position, Navigation and Timing PNT team of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, located at Stennis Space Center. In this paper we will discuss the functionality and architecture of a simulator that will support this research. Our approach is to use a network of PCs with a vessel simulation running on each PC. An additional PC will host our Central Simulation Processes that will display simulation progress and serve as a central control for shared data and communications. This calls tor the ability to create a flexible distributed real-time system that can synchronize vessel interaction in a team setting. Various combinations of simulated and physical vessel types must be allowed to support the different team member roles and our phased development approach. We present a detailed description of the architecture proposed for our simulator and discuss its operation. Finally we will present our observation of the performance of a prototype implementation and discuss our future plans for development and testing.
- Submarine Engineering