Multi Unmanned Vehicle System (nUxVs) at Defence R&D Canada


  1. Verret, S.R.
  2. Monckton, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
No single UxV is perfectly suited to all task assignments. A homogenous UxV team, for example, a troop of identical UGV's, brings redundancy and reliability to a specefic class of tasks. Heterogeneous UxV teams, for example, a troop of UGV's, a flight of low flying rotorcraft, and a high flying UAV, provide increased capability. They can tackle multiple tasks simultaneoulsy through cooperative decision making, distributed tasks allocation, and collective mapping. Together, they can convoy payloads, provide communications, observe targets, shield troops, and, ultimately, deliver munitions. nUxV's have the potential to share, learn, and adapt information between like platforms and across platform types, to produce expanded capability and greater reliability. Current research exploits simple vehicle state exchange, communications relay and formation keeping. Our near-term research areas include map sharing and integration, task coordination, and heterogeneous nUxV teaming. Future research will address military nUxV C2; nUxV capability definition and understanding; behaviour-based and reactive nUxV's, emergence and stigmergy; and collaboration and interaction between human-robot teams.
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-SL-2006-002 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Aug 2006
Number of Pages
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