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Ground Guidance: Load Analysis and Distribution

This demonstration shows Ground Guidance's load analysis tool.  For each soldier in a unit, the tool presents a load weight (pounds), load percentage, and expected effort (kilocalories per hour) given a footing, slope (degrees), and speed (miles per hour).  One can also view each soldier's duty position (e.g. company commander), body weight (pounds), duty-specific equipment (pounds), and mission-specific equipment (pounds).  Finally, one can equalize the load using one of three metrics: load weight, load percentage, or expected effort.

Bedlam: Two Raven UAVs Tracking an Evasive Ground Vehicle

Primordial's Bedlam software routing two AeroVironment Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as they track an adversarial ground vehicle. The target's actual track is in red and predicted track is in orange. Each UAV's actual track is in blue and planned route is in gray. The white boxes show each UAV's sensor footprint.

Bedlam leverages Primordial's Ground Guidance software to identify probable fast and concealed routes for the tracked vehicle and deploys unmanned assets to maximize visual coverage. In trials, Bedlam outperformed its predecessor, Surveyor, 71% of the time.

Bedlam: One Raven UAV Tracking an Evasive Ground Vehicle

Primordial's Bedlam software routing one AeroVironment Raven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as it tracks an adversarial ground vehicle. The target's actual track is in red and predicted track is in orange. The UAV's actual track is in blue and planned route is in gray. The white box shows the UAV's sensor footprint.

Bedlam leverages Primordial's Ground Guidance software to identify probable fast and concealed routes for the tracked vehicle and deploys unmanned assets to maximize visual coverage. In trials, Bedlam outperformed its predecessor, Surveyor, 71% of the time.

GPS Tuner: Off-Road Navigation iPhone App from GPS Tuner

Visual Navigation

Primordial, Evolution Robotics, and Dr. Clark Olson from the University of Washington, Bothell developed a vision-based autonomous navigation system for soldiers on a global positioning system (GPS)-denied battlefield. The prototype leveraged visual odometry techniques based on the approach used by the Mars rovers to perform localization using a single low-cost camera. The ultimate goal is to replace unreliable dead reckoning modules (DRMs) used by soldiers for positioning in caves, urban canyons, and indoors.

Overlord Demonstration

What is it? Software suite prototype developed through SBIR phase I funding that provides objective rule based analysis of trainee movements during building clearing exercises

How does it work? By analyzing soldier positioning data and comparing those positions against an encoded rule set, Overlord can assess if trainees are following standardized training protocols. Any violations of these rules are captured in a bookmark that can be reviewed by trainers after the training exercise.

Rule Set:

  • Avoid Windows - Limit exposure to unknown locations by not standing in front of windows.
  • Breadth, then Depth search - When advancing through a building, do not leave uncleared rooms behind the axis of advance.
  • Clear all rooms - Ensure all rooms have been cleared. Large rooms should be visited by at least two trainees.
  • Do Not Loiter in Doorways - Doorways are a natural focus point for armed enemy, i.e. the "Fatal Funnel"
  • Dominate Room - At least two trainees should enter a room within two seconds of each other.

Ground Guidance Related Work

Primordial's president, Randy Milbert, discusses Ground Guidance projects with the Land Warrior, Movement Tracking System (MTS), and Nokia

Ground Guidance for Android Demonstration

Primordial's president, Randy Milbert, demonstrates Ground Guidance for Android

Ground Guidance for Google Earth Demonstration

Primordial's president, Randy Milbert, demonstrates Ground Guidance for Google Earth