HAWKEYE - AUTONOMOUS SENSORS

Hawkeye collision regulation compliance system

 

 

6. THE EYES AND EARS - HAWKEYE

 

Cameras, Microphones, Proximity sensors, Laser range finders.

 

Typically concerning robot boats the environment is perceived through laser range finders, a radar system, a stereo camera pair, and a monocular vision system. The sensors acquire environment data at rates between 10 and 100 Hertz. Map and position information is incorporated at 10 Hz, enabling SolarNavigator to avoid collisions with obstacles when docking and other vessels in real-time while navigating the open oceans - but it doesn't stop there.


Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) guided solely by waypoint navigation are limited in their ability to operate in constantly changing environments, such as ports and harbors, where the positions of obstacles may be continuously moving or where GPS coordinates may be difficult to acquire, such as under bridges.

 

In addition to GPS, SolarNavigator uses a optical-based control system to take advantage of real-time vision to identify targets and avoid obstacles, for its autonomous navigation, rather than depending solely on pre-determined routes. As you may imagine, this is the tip of the iceberg, involving data manipulation and control, integrated with communication equipment of several kinds such as to make the SolarNavigator compliant when it comes to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 and/or the Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996.

 

COMBAT

 

Should the SolarNavigator enter a sensitive military zone, or suffer attention from pirates, then the ability to distinguish between friendly and unfriendly interaction could be vital to survival. In such a situation Hawkeye comes into its own, enabling the craft to identify shipping while at a good distance and so decide on evasive maneuvers well in advance of a potential dust up.

 

Johnny 5, optical recognition and laser ranging sensors

 

As with Johnny 5, the ability to interface with its surroundings brings 

SolarNavigator to life - in a robotic sense.

 


OPTICAL VISION SYSTEM

For development purposes the vision system may comprise of a Point Grey Bumblebee2 stereovision camera
system for image recognition and target ranging; and a Fit- PC2 computer for image processing. Software from OpenCV may be used to track colors and images. The vision system software outputs data to the control board for processing in order to direct the vessel to avoid objects while progressing from one GPS waypoint to another.


Suggested Components:

Point Gray Bumblebee2 2.5mm focal length, 648x488 pixels HFOV
Fit-PC2 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM (Random Access Memory)
Commel 1394a Firewire Mini-PCI-e Firewire Adapter

 

 

LASER RANGE FINDER

 

AUDIO INPUT & INDENTIFICATION

 

1. Voice recognition

2. Vessel recognition - horns, engines, etc.

3. Weather

 

 

TEMPERATURE SENSORS

 

 

Autonomy is all about doing something for humans, better than humans can. 

 

 

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Solarnavigator is a battery electric ASV (Autonomous Solar Vessel), a trimaran with an extremely 

efficient active hull that runs on solar power = energy from nature. This hull form has never been

attempted before, nor has the use of wind energy been used in such manner for crew comfort 

(or complete onboard autonomy). A fleet of such vessels could be the basis of an international peacekeeping, and/or emergency rescue force.

 

 

 

1. MODEL PROGRESS

2. BRUCE THE AUTOPILOT & A BIT MORE

3. STAR WARS - DRONE SATELLITE REMOTE CONTROL, MANUAL OVERRIDE

4. HAL COMPUTER HARDWARE

5. NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS

6. THE EYES AND EARS - HAWKEYE

7. SELF DEFENCE - SCORPION

8. CAPTAIN NEMO - AI ROBOT

9.  LOCAL NAVIGATION EVENT

10. INTERMEDIATE CIRCUMNAVIGATION

11. THE AUTONOMOUS CIRCUMNAVIGATION

 

 

Robotic artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation sensors

 

LINKS

 

www.eng.uah.edu/~fahimi/Platform_Boat.html

www.gps4us.com/GPS-independent-navigation-system-for-autonomous-vessels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodetic_system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECEF

www.apl.washington.edu/projects/seaglider/summary
www.seaglider.washington.edu/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRobot_Seaglider
Tropical Boats

http://wiki.rocrail.net/ddx

http://www97.homepage.villanova.edu/hashem.ashrafiuon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  Email Max Energy Ltd  or phone UK:

 

+ 44 (0) 1323 831727    +44 (0) 7842 607865

 

Max Energy in association with Bluebird Marine Systems

Solar House, BN27 1RF, United Kingdom

 

 

 

European Commission star circle logo  NineSigma, Group, Canada, accelerating technology logo

 

 

PROJECT LINKS

 

 

Alloys

Paints - Coatings

Autonomy - Computers - Software

Project Estimates

Batteries

Project Objectives

Composites

PR Events - 

Construction - Modular

Propeller

Diving - Hull survey & repair

Record Attempt

Electronics - Collision Avoidance COLREGS

Screens - 

Galley - 

Solar Arrays - tracking theory PIC PCB  MPPT PV trackers  Actuators & circuits

Hydraulics - Active hull - 

Stealth - Scorpion laser - Mine hunter

Hull Design - Capsize - SWASSH - Lubrication - Mass

Timber - 

Life Support - 

Tank Testing - Open water collision avoidance

Model ConstructionHulls - Wings - W'gens - ROV - AI

Tooling - 

Motors - DC v AC synchronous

Transmission - gearing & prop shaft/seals

Navigation  - Oceanographic Hydrographic Surveying

Treasure hunting - marine archaeology

Paints - Antifouling

Wind Turbines -

 

 

 

   Terrorists steal an Astute Class nuclear submarine and set about destabilising the world economy

 

The design of the Solar Navigator boat has been licensed for use in

the John Storm series of books by Jameson Hunter

 

 

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