The Autonomous Capabilities Suite (ACS, pronounced aces) is a modular software framework for unmanned systems that enables the sensors, payloads, and behaviors to be self-contained and vehicle independent.
ACS benefits include:
- Robotic applications can be built as a collection of independent software modules
- Re-use of software for cross-platform compatibility across mission applications
- Rapid development and integration of new capabilities
- Flexibility to incorporate future advances in computational hardware, sensors, and autonomy research
- Interoperability with open-source software (e.g, ROS, MOOS-ivP, CARACaS); allows leveraging of open-source community and Government testing with minimal risk
- Independence from communications protocols (e.g., JAUS/SAE, STANAG 4586); enables integration with multiple vehicle types
ACS was developed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR) and is Government owned.
ACS was developed in order to:
- Provide easy collaboration with other Government labs, industry, and academia
- Enable addition of 3rd party modules with minimal integration costs
- Allow simultaneous integration with multiple proprietary systems