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USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« on: April 07, 2011, 03:31:50 am »
https://actuv.darpa.mil/

From the site :

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare game goes live

April 04, 2011

Can you best an enemy submarine commander so he can’t escape into the ocean depths? If you think you can, you are invited to put yourself into the virtual driver’s seat of one of several Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) configurations and show the world how you can use its capabilities to follow an enemy submarine.

DARPA’s ACTUV program is developing a fundamentally new tool for the Navy’s ASW toolkit and seeks your help to explore how best to use this tool to track quiet submarines. Before autonomous software is developed for ACTUV’s computers, DARPA needs to determine what approaches and methods are most effective. To gather information from a broad spectrum of users, ACTUV has been integrated into the Dangerous WatersTM game. DARPA is offering this new ACTUV Tactics Simulator for free public download. [https://actuv.darpa.mil]   

This software has been written to simulate actual evasion techniques used by submarines, challenging each player to track them successfully. Your tracking vessel is not the only ship at sea, so you’ll need to safely navigate among commercial shipping traffic as you attempt to track the submarine, whose driver has some tricks up his sleeve. You will earn points as you complete mission objectives, and will have the opportunity to see how you rank against the competition on DARPA’s leaderboard page. [https://actuv.darpa.mil/LeaderBoard.aspx] You can also share your experiences and insights from playing the simulator with others.

As you complete each scenario in the simulation, you may submit your tracking tactics to DARPA for analysis.  DARPA will select the best tactics and build them into the ACTUV prototype.

I think some people here would like this kind of game

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Rob

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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 06:33:55 am »
In other words, DARPA is planning to use Fuzzy Logic algorithms as a component of the command and control system.

For new members who may be unfamiliar with the ACTUV project:

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Some general background:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/08/70-days-at-sea-for-new-navy-robot-subs/#more-53609
« Last Edit: September 02, 2011, 07:31:01 am by Grey Havoc »
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 10:18:49 pm »
...Heh, for some reason, the concept of using a game to dis/prove logistical theories reminds me of JFK Reloaded. Too bad DARPA isn't offering a cash prize for the best performances  :-[

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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 08:17:49 am »
I'm not sure if this actually is the latest version (SAIC proposal) of the concept or some early program art now being used as PR fodder:


http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/08/16.aspx
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 06:29:40 am »
Via the 'Rock, Paper, Shotgun' gaming blog, a screenshot from the DARPA game, showing the original (current?) design:
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 03:18:05 pm »
Looks like the concept art a couple of posts back was based on SAIC's design after all, here's a somewhat cheesy company video via the Ares blog.

I think the earlier semi-submersible concept was better, but we'll see I suppose.
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 12:49:24 pm »

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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 04:15:22 pm »
Why a wave piercing trimaran now, rather than the original semisubmersible? Increased need for equipment above the waterline? Possibly expanding mission scope, as a littoral USV to counter LCS deficiencies? Some recognized need for more surface/AAA self defense weapons? Possible reuse of the hull form factor of the small scale test ship for the DDG-1000 Zumwalts?

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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2012, 12:07:30 pm »
Why a wave piercing trimaran now, rather than the original semisubmersible? Increased need for equipment above the waterline? Possibly expanding mission scope, as a littoral USV to counter LCS deficiencies? Some recognized need for more surface/AAA self defense weapons? Possible reuse of the hull form factor of the small scale test ship for the DDG-1000 Zumwalts?

I'd say the mission scope expansion theory holds most water, so to speak.
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2013, 04:32:56 am »
Via MilitaryPhotos.net: Raytheon's 5th generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine, undersea warfare (Navy Recognition)

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Raytheon Company was awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.

According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the steady increase in undersea vessels makes tracking a challenge. Raytheon's Modular Scalable Sonar System (MS3) will integrate into SAIC's prototype trimaran vessel as the primary search and detection sonar. The system is designed to provide search, detection, passive-threat filtering, localization and tracking capabilities without requiring human operation.

 MS3 enables anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and undersea warfare with capabilities such as active and passive search, torpedo detection and alertment, and small object avoidance. Data from multiple sonars may be fed to a central command and control node, providing a common operating picture as part of the ASW mission. By integrating a host of capabilities in a single sonar system, Raytheon delivers an affordable solution that addresses critical naval challenges.

 
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2013, 05:05:42 am »

Original Caption: An artist rendering of the autonomous vessel.   DARPA
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http://www.businessinsider.com/navy-wants-completely-craft-remotely-subs-submarines-2013-3
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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2014, 04:24:29 pm »
"Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel Under Construction, At-Sea Testing Expected by 2015"

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http://www.asdnews.com/news-55798/Anti-Submarine_Warfare_Continuous_Trail_Unmanned_Vessel_Under_Construction,_At-Sea_Testing_Expected_by_2015.htm

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An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) under a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) program for the design, development, and construction of a vessel originally conceived for an anti-submarine warfare mission.

"ACTUV's advanced sensor technology should allow for continuous surveillance which, combined with the vessel architecture and design, is expected to provide autonomous safe navigation supporting Navy missions around the world," said Leidos Group President, John Fratamico.
ACTUV carries other sensors and mission packages designed to allow it to conduct a variety of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and other alternate missions. With situational sensors that can ensure safe navigation, the ACTUV trimaran has electro optics, long range and short range radar.

"A cross-disciplinary Leidos team leveraged insights and innovation from across the organization to develop the concept of the autonomous unmanned vessel. It would help keep our troops out of harm's way and provide capability in more harsh environmental conditions for a longer period of time," added Fratamico.

Maritime and hydrodynamic engineers designed the platform, and scientists and experts designed autonomy for safe navigation, status and health reporting, and sensor control and processing. Analytics experts programmed the logic for identifying other vessels and predicting their behavior.

Leidos received direction to start construction of the ACTUV from DARPA Program Manager Scott Littlefield at the conclusion of a Production Readiness Review held in February.  Christensen Shipyard, Ltd. (CSL), is constructing ACTUV in Vancouver, Washington using non-traditional composite structures and modular construction techniques under supervision of Leidos and Oregon Iron Works (Clackamas, Oregon).  CSL employs a lean manufacturing process with parallel work flow to complete ACTUV construction in approximately 15 months.  ACTUV is scheduled to be launched on the Columbia River in 2015.

Maritime expertise at Leidos includes development of manned, low observable combat patrol craft, autonomous vehicles, payloads, and component development.  Other capabilities include ocean science, phenomenology, advance modeling, and undersea simulation to support the development of ocean sensors, processing, and deployable system solutions.  Leidos production facilities are located in Long Beach, Miss., Lynnwood, Wash., Sterling, Va., St. Petersburg, Fla. and Hawaii, with offices in Newport, R.I., Arlington, Va.,  Bowie, Md., Long Beach, Miss., Poulsbo, Wash., and San Diego, Calif.

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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2014, 04:25:54 pm »
Published on Apr 10, 2014

Leidos developed an autonomous vessel to shadow diesel-electric subs for months across thousands of miles of ocean and chase them out of strategic waters.



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Re: USN/DARPA ACTUV program
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