DESIGN OF AN ADAPTIVE AUTOPILOT FOR COMMERCIAL MARINE USE

A. L. Coleman and B. P. Wang

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Abstract: The Commercial Marine Autopilot has evolved from a simple mechanical device to an operator adjustable electronic controller and now to a microprocessor based adaptive autopilot. An adaptive autopilot has been developed as a modular addition for the Sperry Universal Gyropilot. Depending upon the selected mode of operation, this Adaptive Steering Module (ASM) will perform the functions of (1) Open Sea Course Keeping, (2) Confined Water Course Keeping, or (3) Course Changing. Ship safety, stability of control, and adaptation to ship speed are dominant factors in the total design of the ASM. Additionally, criteria for minimum fuel consumption and self-adaptation to ship and sea conditions are factors in the design for Open Sea Course Keeping.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 27, Number 3
Pages: 207 - 216
Cite this article: Coleman, A. L., Wang, B. P., "DESIGN OF AN ADAPTIVE AUTOPILOT FOR COMMERCIAL MARINE USE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1980, pp. 207-216.
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