Accession Number : ADA194734

Title :   Preliminary Design and Cycle Verification of a Digital Autopilot for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Delaplane, Stephen W

PDF Url : ADA194734

Report Date : Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's) are being considered for a diversity of U.S. Navy missions. They protend the advantages of cost effective fleet multiplication, minimal detectability, and reduced risk to personnel and high-value fleet assets. In response to the Department of the Navy and DARPA interests, AUV research and development by a number of public and private sector organizations has intensified in recent years. The Naval Postgraduate School has now built the first of a series of AUV models which will be used as test-beds for evolving automated control technologies. This thesis documents the results of initial efforts to install an on-site facility to support the design and development of a model-based digital autopilot for control of the NPS test vehicle. Keywords: Digital autopilot, Autonomous underwater, Theses, Vehicles.

Descriptors :   *AUTOMATIC PILOTS, *DIGITAL SYSTEMS, *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION, AUTOMATION, CONTROL, COSTS, CYCLES, FLEETS(SHIPS), MISSIONS, MULTIPLICATION, NAVY, ORGANIZATIONS, PERSONNEL, REDUCTION, RISK, TEST VEHICLES, THESES, UNDERWATER, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MICROCOMPUTERS, MODELS

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Computer Hardware
      Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE