Joint Arctic Experiment 2014 – Autonomous Underwater Sensor Network Logistics

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Authors
  1. Heard, G.J.
  2. Lucas, C.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Abstract
Autonomous underwater sensor systems are currently in development by a number of nations. Given the level of activity, it is highly likely that autonomous off-board surveillance will become the norm for some types of anti-submarine warfare activities in the near future. This report estimates the amount of effort and cost to travel to a location in the Mediterranean Sea and establish two small groups of autonomous underwater sensors that are linked with each other and with two separate remotely located operator stations by an underwater acoustic network and an above water radio-frequency network. The autonomous surveillance system was composed of sensors from Canada, Norway, and Germany and made use of an underwater seaweb network that was provided by the USA. All three types of sensors, which have different capabilities and physical architectures, employed the Norwegian NILUS message protocol so that they could share detection and track information over the same network and be remotely controlled by and reporting to the same operator station. This initial report on the Next Generation Autonomous Systems (NGAS) field trial, COLLAB/NGAS 14 conducted by CMRE is only concerned with the description of the autonomous systems, their deployment, and the logistical information gathered from the experience. It does not describe the detection performance of the autonomous system, but does describe the capabilities that were demonstrated.

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Keywords
underwater networks;sensor nodes;acoustics;sea trial;autonomy;anti-submarine warfare;logistics
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-D025 — Reference Document
Date of publication
01 Mar 2017
Number of Pages
38
DSTKIM No
CA045035
CANDIS No
805415
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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