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SIS advances USV swarm autonomy

10th May 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Spatial Integrated Systems (SIS) will demonstrate the ability of small USVs to perform a coordinated mission during USV Swarm 2019, the company announced on 6 May.

Supported by the Office of Naval Research, USV Swarm 2019 will be the first integrated heterogeneous eight USV Swarm of autonomous very small (class 1) and small (class 2) USVs operating in a joint mission. The effort aims to demonstrate the utility of very small and small, inexpensive USVs that can be produced in large numbers quickly.

SIS is the lead integrator and demonstration lead for Swarm and its preceding demonstrations: Swarm I and Swarm II.

Swarm I, conducted in 2014, demonstrated the ability for five USVs to perform as a team, under one operator, without safety riders or remote control. Swarm II, in 2016, built on those cooperative behaviours by demonstrating a different unmanned mission with four USVs.

During another event in 2018, SIS successfully demonstrated cooperative autonomous behaviours amongst USVs during a live demonstration with larger ships.

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