AMOUR V: A hovering energy efficient underwater robot capable of dynamic payloads

Iuliu Vasilescu, Carrick Detweiler, Marek Doniec, Daniel Gurdan, Stefan Sosnowski, Jan Stumpf, Daniela Rus

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In this paper we describe the design and control algorithms of AMOUR, a low-cost autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of missions of marine survey and monitoring. AMOUR is a highly maneuverable robot capable of hovering and carrying dynamic payloads during a single mission. The robot can carry a variety of payloads. It uses internal buoyancy and balance control mechanisms to achieve power efficient motions regardless of the payload size. AMOUR is designed to operate in synergy with a wireless underwater sensor network (WUSN) of static nodes. The robots payload was designed in order to deploy, relocate and recover the static sensor nodes. It communicates with the network acoustically for signaling and localization and optically for data muling. We present control algorithms, navigation algorithms, and experimental data from pool and ocean trials with AMOUR that demonstrate its basic navigation capabilitrials with AMOUR that demonstrate its basic navigation capabilities, power efficiency, and ability to carry dynamic payloads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-570
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Robotics Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics


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