Hydroacoustically Aided Inertial Navigation for Joint Position and Attitude Estimation in Absence of Magnetic Field Measurements
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Original versionAmerican Control Conference (ACC). 2017, 37 (1), 1211-1218. 10.23919/ACC.2017.7963118
When an underwater intervention vehicle is close to large metallic structures, e.g. subsea oil and gas facilities, magnetic disturbances might render magnetic field measurements biased or useless. This loss of information is critical for attitude estimation, and consequently, for the safety of the operation. In this paper, a three-stage filter for joint position and attitude estimation is developed, replacing the magnetic field measurements with hydroacoustic measurements. This solution assumes a hydroacoustic sensor set up with multiple transponders on the sea floor and 3 or more transceivers on the vehicle. The three-stage filters is shown to yield GES error dynamics of both the translational and rotational motion. The three-stage filter is shown in simulations to successfully estimate both the true position and attitude of the vehicle.