Autonodyne is creating a comprehensive list of autonomous flight behaviors that can be used by a host of hardware options and operated by Autonodyne’s intelligent RCU-1000 control stations, autonomy engines, and mission computers. The behaviors are used to configure, plan and execute UxS missions. They control a wide range of autonomous, semi-autonomous, or highly automated vehicles (air, sea, and land). Autonodyne offers them as a set of “a la carte” choices or as pre-packaged sets of behaviors that are optimized for various use cases. For more information, see Autonomy technology in use.
Each behavior below can be individually and manually selected to populate a “task list” or “mission plan” for the vehicle or vehicles. The name of the behavior is the lexicon we use to both command the behavior and indicate to the human operator/supervisor what the vehicle or vehicles are doing. For example, a task list may be “Takeoff”, “Fly Over That” (to a designated waypoint), “Loiter” (hold at a designated location), “Observe” (a designated point of interest), “Inspect” (a designated item of interest), “RTB” (Return-To-Base). Aside from designating the waypoint and points of interest, the operator doesn’t need to do anything else to run the mission. And even the need to designate Fly Over That waypoints is not necessary if the autonomous path planning algorithm is also running.
We are now moving to a point where the software, through semantic reasoning, is starting to stitch together those behaviors automatically. The software is working to determine optimal courses of action (COA) and based on those COAs, suggests a sequence of behaviors. The operator can do nothing and let it run its course, manually approve the plan, or reject/modify the plan. We are building a capability where these software “agents” are creating a much more capable human-machine team.
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Fly Over That
Loiter (Hold Over There)
Follow This Path
Stare At That
Point At That
Light It Up