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MORUS - Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring


The NATO Science for Peace project MORUS - Unmanned systems for maritime security and environmental monitoring, started in 2015. The partners working on the project are: University of Zagreb - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (LARICS and LABUST), University of Limerick (MMRRC), University of Sarajevo - Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and University of Dubrovnik.

The main objective of the project is the design and development of a fully operational complex robotic system prototype comprised of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) capable of autonomous and cooperative mission executions related to environmental, border and port security.

MORUS group

The design will focus mainly on payload enhancement and UAV autonomy which is mandatory for UUV transport. Besides that, a docking system and cooperative control algorithms will be developed enabling autonomous deployment, re-deployment and data exchange at the open sea. Operating environment of the proposed prototype is an unknown, uncertain and remote, i.e. far from a human operator. Therefore, a whole set of novel cooperative control algorithms, combined with augmented human machine interface, will be designed and implemented in order to ensure safety and recoverability of the described system. Having said that, objectives of the MORUS project are summarised as follows:

  • • Design and construction of an UAV with docking and transportation mechanism,
  • • Visual feedback based docking and gripping algorithm,
  • • Design of augmented and easy to operate human machine interface for simultaneous control of aerial and marine robots,
  • • Enhancement of the autonomous navigation capabilities and operational supportability in remote locations with few or no local support,
  • • Agile UUV redeployment through cooperation with an UAV,
  • • Enable data exchange between the UUV and UAV through cooperative control and estimation.

For more information visit MORUS website.