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Autonomous Systems Track

"Future Combat Systems (FCS) will have four major components — Manned Ground Vehicles, Unmanned Systems, FCS Network, and Soldiers... The Unmanned Systems include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unattended Systems, and Unmanned Ground Vehicles. The FCS Network provides the communication and automation that creates battle command environment. The Soldier will be empowered with the use of robotics and technological advantages."

Excerpt from a DARPA /Army FSC Program

The department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering offers an autonomous systems track within the framework of a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The program can be completed in four to six quarters, depending on academic preparedness of the student, and is developed around several core courses related to modeling and guidance navigation and control algorithms design for autonomous underwater, surface, ground, aerial systems, satellites and spacecraft. Additional course electives can be taken to enhance specialty areas, along with thesis research related to a specific type of an autonomous system or its component, or a wide range of other useful military technologies.

The program is available to the following students:

  1. U.S. Military, all services;
  2. DoD Civilians from the Army, Navy, Air Force laboratories and program officers, and DoD agencies, such as MDA, DTRA, etc.;
  3. Industry. Employees of Department of Defense prime contractors, such as Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, and Boeing;
  4. International Military Officers and Civilians.

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Camp Sea Lab Visit

Camp Sea Lab Visit

July 8, 2009

On Wednesday July 8th, CAVR hosted 32 eight to thirteen year olds from California State Monterey Bay’s summer Camp SEA Lab. The students had the opportunity to interact with robotic dogs, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).  

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The students got to see the quad rotor in action.       Tad Masek explaining the quad rotor to the students.



The students saw a presentation given by Doug Horner on current projects involving the Scan Eagle and Remus.


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Sean Kragelund walks students through driving the Phantom ROV through obstacles.


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With Aurelio Monarrez's help the students got to play with the Aibo Dogs which demonstrates how research on autonomous vehicles can be fun.


ARIES on Display

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ARIES is now on display at Hidden History: Untold Stories of the Naval Postgraduate School exhibit at the Monterey Maritime Museum in Monterey California. The museum just opened an exhibit highlighting the Naval Postgraduate Schools accomplishments over the last 100 years. ARIES is part of this exhibit and can be seen just inside the main entrance of the museum.

ARIES was built by the CAVR (formally Center for AUV research) 1999. It has performed missions all over the world testing advanced control algorithms, communication paradigms and new sonar technologies. Although ARIES is on display at a museum it is still active and can be deployed if the platform is needed.


DURIP Awards

March 9, 2009

NPS Center for AV Research won a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award. It will be used to upgrade the center’s REMUS vehicles with Cross body thrusters and high grade integrated navigational sensor suites.