Routing Multiple Unmanned Vehicles in GPS Denied Environments
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© 2018 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. This article aims to develop novel path planning algorithms required to deploy multiple unmanned vehicles in Global Positioning System (GPS) denied environments. Unmanned vehicles (ground or aerial) are ideal platforms for executing monitoring and data gathering tasks in civil infrastructure management, agriculture, public safety, law enforcement, disaster relief and transportation. Significant advancement in the area of path planning for unmanned vehicles over the last decade has resulted in a suite of algorithms that can handle heterogeneity, motion and other on-board resource constraints for these vehicles. However, most of these routing and path planning algorithms rely on the availability of the GPS information. Unintentional and intentional interference and design errors can cause GPS service outages, which in turn, can crucially affect all the systems that depend on GPS information. This article addresses a multiple vehicle path planning problem that arises while deploying a team of unmanned vehicles for monitoring applications in GPS-denied environments and presents a mathematical formulation and algorithms for solving the problem. Simulation results are also presented to corroborate the performance of the proposed algorithms.
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Wang, B., Misra, S., Sundar, K., Rathinam, S., & Sharma, R.