SEDNA Voyage Data Recorder – Deployable MSA Data Collection and Ex-Filtration

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Authors
  1. MacInnis, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
In 2012, the Maritime Information Support group at DRDC Atlantic began work on the SEDNA (Situational Information for Enabling Development of Northern Awareness) Project with focused research into issues surrounding Maritime Domain Awareness in the Arctic. This paper describes the design, development, deployment and results of Maritime Situational Awareness data collection and ex-filtration system, the SEDNA Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The goal of this effort was to design and test methods for remote collection and ex-filtration of Maritime Situational Awareness data. The SEDNA VDR system is built upon a commercial-off-the-shelf Voyage Data Recorder and uses controlling software and an Iridium L-band transceiver to re-transmit selected data to a central location via the military Iridium gateway. The SEDNA VDR was deployed on-board CFAV QUEST during the Arctic deployment of 2012 designated Q-346. In addition to traditional maritime sensors such as GPS, AIS and RADAR using the NMEA standard messaging, an ADS-B receiver was also installed and integrated into the system. In addition to backhauling data via Iridium, application-specific AIS messages were transmitted to ex-filtrate data via the exactEarth AIS satellite constellation as a proof-of-concept.

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Keywords
SEDNA;arctic;north;awareness;MDA
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2013-135 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2014
Number of Pages
76
DSTKIM No
CA046338
CANDIS No
806726
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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