Coordinated marine and aerial vehicles with smallsats
Tor Arne Johansen
By coordinating the motion and sensing of satellites, aerial, surface and underwater vehicles, one can exploit their very different capabilities to form a heterogeneous network of robotic agents that can observe the same part of the ocean from different perspectives, carry different sensors, and have different mobilities. By coordinating the operation of the different agents, the information contents in their collective observations can be maximized subject to the individual vehicle constraints. This adaptive sampling process can be guided by intelligent control algorithms fuelled by mathematical models of the phenomena under observation, that are updated in real-time with the observations. NTNU, together with Univ. Porto, have implemented a networked system of aerial, surface and underwater vehicles to enable research on technology and science in this domain. In the next steps we are extending this system by integrating nano-satellites, ocean models and data analytics.