UGV Simulations and Modeling in a SIL Environment
TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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There are a variety of efforts attempting to integrate unmanned vehicle systems into the Army array of tools and weaponry. Military planners for Force XXI and Army After Next are busy assessing the viability and potential usability of unmanned vehicles of all types - land, sea, and air -- in the near, mid and far term. But exactly how can we create a facility that can offer baseline performance metrics and assess a wide variety of UGV platforms, configurations and weight classes This paper will present efforts to develop a Systems Integration Laboratory SIL environment which will focus on testing and validation of a variety of candidate small and mid-sized unmanned ground vehicles emerging from the various Department of Defense DOD UGV programs. A description of the SIL concept for UGVs will be provided as well as how it is being applied in the Intelligent Mobility Robotics program at the US Army Tank- automotive and Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center TARDEC. The test areas will be described as well, including the Supervised Navigation Test area, the Modeling and Simulation room and the Hot Bench Test Integration Room. The paper will also summarize the expected activities planned to be conducted in the lab, the range of unmanned prototype vehicles, which may be tested in this facility, and various modeling and simulation concepts planned for the future. Finally, a description of what makes this research facility unique to DoD will be offered.
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