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Maritime Domain Awareness Using Networked Unmanned Systems with Integrated High-Resolution Sensors

Overview

A key challenge for U.S. homeland security is achieving marine domain awareness of the nation’s vast maritime domain, which is roughly as large as the nation’s land area and extends from New England to Guam. To achieve maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the water and in the air across all these diverse regions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs the ability to rapidly communicate, integrate, and analyze information that will facilitate effective and appropriate actions to protect people and property.

This project seeks to develop, design, integrate, and analyze networked sensor technologies, or adapt commercially available networked sensors into both an unmanned maritime (UMV) and an aerial unmanned vehicle (UAV) to create a maritime domain Common Operational Picture (COP) that will enable the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and its stakeholder partners to assess the ability to conduct more effective operations using integrated UMVs and UAVs as force multipliers in support of their statutory missions.

Project Personnel

Dr. Robert Moorhead
Director
Geosystems Research Institute
Mississippi State University
Dr. Ryan Green
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University
Dr. Gary Daniel Chesser, Jr.
Assistant Professor
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Mississippi State University
Dr. John Wesley Lowe
Research Associate III
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Mississippi State University
Dr. Gray Turnage
Associate Professor
Geosystems Research Institute
Mississippi State University
Dr. Chun-Hung Liu
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University

Funding

This work is supported by the Department of Homeland Security no. NOA BSTC-20-05-007

Period of Performance

January 2022 – December 2022