The paper describes the current developments of a class of low-cost, light-weight autonomous underwater vehicles for coastal oceanographic applications; the vehicle class is named Fo`laga, the Italian name of an aquatic bird that swims on the water surface and dives to catch fish. The main design characteristics of the most recent vehicle of the class, the Fo` laga III, are reviewed. Navigation and control system design are discussed, with particular attention to the diving phase, which is accomplished as in oceanographic gliders by varying the vehicle buoyancy and attitude. Experimental results show that the PID robust controllers implemented are effective in the diving control phase. Finally, a distributed cooperation algorithm to be applied by a team of Fo` laga-like vehicles in adaptive oceanographic sampling applications is described. The algorithm optimizes area coverage while taking into account the accuracy in the reconstruction of the oceanographic field and inter-vehicle communication through a range constraint. The resulting dynamic programming algorithm can be implemented in a distributed fashion among the team components.
|Autori interni:||CAITI, ANDREA|
|Autori:||A.ALVAREZ; A.CAFFAZ; CAITI A; G.CASALINO; L.GUALDESI; A.TURETTA; R.VIVIANI|
|Titolo:||Folaga: a low cost autonomous underwater vehicle combining glider and auv capabilities|
|Anno del prodotto:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.oceaneng.2008.08.014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|