In this paper, we develop a set of design principles for micro ASV systems, defined as surface vessels less than eight feet long with a weight of less than 102 lbs, fully loaded. We outline the key properties of micro ASV systems, discuss potential missions for such devices, and address key concepts in vessel design and cooperative control of groups of micro ASV systems in a capability-based, mission-driven design space. Finally we outline key needs for the advancement of this type of vessel in operational environments.

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