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Toward a platform-independent acoustic communications and navigation system for underwater vehicles

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Sarah E. Webster, Ryan M. Eustice, Christopher Murphy, Hanumant Singh and Louis L. Whitcomb, Toward a platform-independent acoustic communications and navigation system for underwater vehicles. In Proceedings of the IEEE/MTS OCEANS Conference and Exhibition, pages 1-7, Biloxi, MS, USA, October 2009.

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This paper presents a platform-independent acoustic communication (Acomms) system that enables multiple nodes (any combination of underwater vehicles, surface ships, and fixed beacons) to simultaneously exchange data and calculate inter-node ranges with O(1m) accuracy. The Acomms system supports two types of communications: standard asynchronous acoustic communication and synchronous communication, which enables navigation based on inter-node ranges derived from the one-way travel-times of acoustic messages between nodes. The Acomms system hardware is implemented with a dedicated software program, Linux host computers, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Micro-Modems, and precision reference clocks. The acoustic communications software configures the modem, manages all acoustic communication traffic, and acts as an interface between the vehicle-specific software and the modems and clocks. The software and related hardware have been installed on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution vehicles Puma, Jaguar, and Nereus, and deployed in sea trials in the North Pacific and South Atlantic.

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@INPROCEEDINGS { swebster-2009b,
    AUTHOR = { Sarah E. Webster and Ryan M. Eustice and Christopher Murphy and Hanumant Singh and Louis L. Whitcomb },
    TITLE = { Toward a platform-independent acoustic communications and navigation system for underwater vehicles },
    BOOKTITLE = { Proceedings of the IEEE/MTS OCEANS Conference and Exhibition },
    YEAR = { 2009 },
    MONTH = { October },
    ADDRESS = { Biloxi, MS, USA },
    PAGES = { 1--7 },
}