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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Having small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) conduct inspection and monitoring of national infrastructure (i.e., bridges, railroads, power lines, pipelines, traffic flow, etc.) is becoming more common, but if the systems could do the job autonomously (flight control, obstacle avoidance, and navigation) it would enable even more frequent and affordable use. This topic would focus on autonomous behavior for small UAVs that enable them to operate safety with a minimum of human intervention.
As referenced in the topic paragraph, inspection and monitoring of national infrastructure is more frequently done by small UAVs, but today that requires human hands-on control or, at the very least, supervised limited autonomy.In addition, a human being monitors the imaging (or other collections) and the human often directly controls them.
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Enabling safe, efficient, and radio frequency (RF) silent flight to monitor activity provides information useful to multiple Intelligence Community mission partners. Because technology is enabling the UAVs to be more efficient, smaller, quieter, less observable, and easier to blend in with other small UAV systems (such as the Alphabet (Google) Wing UAV delivery system), having an autonomous UAV will enable collection without being easily observed.
Key Words: UAVs, Autonomous Flight Control, Autonomous Navigation, Remote Monitoring, National Infrastructure, RF