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Underwater Robots: Will the Pentagon Miss the Boat?

September 27, 2016 - via National Defense

The Defense Department has made significant investments in underwater vehicle designs and prototypes but has not funded advanced development in the “middle area” where vehicles would be produced in larger numbers for testing and experimentation.

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SaferTrident’s semi-autonomous vehicle for divers tested at Masdar

September 27, 2016 - via Masdar Institute

The SaferTrident system is a multi-purpose hybrid diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) and autonomous underwater vehicle that can be used to assist divers to do underwater mapping and localisation

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Supercapacitor Breakthrough for Better Energy Storage

September 26, 2016 - via Green Tech Media

Potassium ferricyanide redox electrolyte is found to extend capacitance: “It presents very unique features.”

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'On-demand' Autonomous Marine Water Sampling

September 26, 2016 - via Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

The integrated Cefas Water Sampler allowed scientists to collect 11 samples, on demand, over the duration of the mission by sending commands over the Iridium satellite network.

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Fleet of AUVs deployed off UK

September 23, 2016 - via National Oceanography Centre

Over 20 organizations are working closely together to share resources and expertise on this deployment. Industry partners providing vehicles and piloting support include Liquid Robotics, Boeing, RS Aqua and Blue Ocean Monitoring, Royal Navy are deploying and recovering the submarine gliders, software experts such as Esri UK, Helyx and SeeByte will help us visualize incoming data, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory and UK Met Office will ensure we have the most up-to-date satellite images and weather forecasts to support mission planning.

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Underwater gliders could improve hurricane predictions

September 22, 2016 - via WHOI/NOAA

Over the past several years, NOAA has worked in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to develop and deploy the remotely controlled gliders during the hurricane season. They are designed to delve into the heart of a storm where they then feed real-time information via satellite to scientists.

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General Atomics Lithium-Ion Battery Systems Selected for New Navy Submersible

September 22, 2016 - via General Atomics

LiFT battery systems are high-energy density solutions for both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. LiFT’s single cell fault tolerance prevents uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading cell failure. This not only ensures the safety of any on-board personnel, but also ensures systems continue to operate through faults to enable mission completion.

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Osbit supplies dock, garage for Modus AUV

September 19, 2016 - via Orbit

The company designed and manufactured a floating launch dock and a sea parking garage to meet Modus’ launch and recovery requirements for the Saab Sabertooth hybrid AUV.

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AUVs to pack-hunt for seabed ore bodies

September 18, 2016 - via ECA

After demonstrating the feasibility of using AUVs equipped with magnetometers to locate sulphide deposits, the next step was to develop the concept of AUVs hunting in packs with a pair of specialist partners

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Expert in Robotics dives Deep with Underwater autonomy

September 18, 2016 - via Michigan Technological University

The goal is efficient planning and coordination of AUVs to help them stay out longer and prevent unnecessary human intervention that might endanger people, require extra equipment, money or shipping time, or slow down a mission.

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Stealthy underwater comms drone for nuclear subs tested in Russia

September 16, 2016 - via MAKO

Fugu is intended to be used as both a sensor platform and a communication relay, which would allow a submerged submarine to communicate via satellite link without surfacing and exposing it to the enemy

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LDUUV News and Analysis

September 15, 2016 - via Multiple

US Navy LDUUV, XLUUV activity

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Robo-fish, Mimicking Nature Land Professor with US Department of the Navy Research Grant

September 15, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University

The prototype, composed of 3D printed materials, 16 motors, and a membrane, is being designed to be a completely submersible underwater vehicle that will be able to conduct a host of different tasks like surveillance, underwater floor surveys, and testing underwater structures.

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Tesla to Complete Massive Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Project in California

September 15, 2016 - via Tesla

Its 2014 introduction of energy storage products for residential and commercial customers and its construction of the world's largest battery factory highlight its bet on an energy-storage dependent electric future.

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Robotic Nanofish Could Enable More Efficient Drug Delivery, Nanosurgery

September 14, 2016 - via Med Device Online

The artificial fish are 100 times smaller than grains of sand, made from gold and nickel segments linked by silver hinges

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French Espadon programme completed

September 13, 2016 - via Shephard News

The programme achieved a number of successes, including the development of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) launch and recovery system from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV).

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Challenging the change!

September 11, 2016 - via China Post

DWTek Taiwan, launched a self-designed unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). The UUV is a total module solution service. Monew, the first module-based UUV model, can offer a customized combination to fulfill customer requirements across all industries pertaining to underwater business and national defense.

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October: First Autonomous Untethered Entirely Soft Robot

September 9, 2016 - via Harvard University

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot.

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General Dynamics Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle During U.S. Navy Exercise

September 9, 2016 - via Bluefin

Our successful ANTX demonstrations showed that unmanned vehicles can deliver capabilities across the undersea and air operating domains. This system of systems approach leverages Bluefin-21's larger payload delivery, longer endurance and superior navigation capabilities to deliver smaller payloads such as autonomous underwater vehicles or unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors, providing the Navy with additional mission capabilities

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2G Robotics Providing Exclusive Preview of New Underwater Laser System at EIVA

September 9, 2016 - via 2G Robotics

With a cutting-edge high sensitivity, low noise sensor, the ULS-500 PRO can reach ranges previously unattainable with laser scanning, resolving fine-scale dimensional features from distances as far as 20 metres. The ULS-500 PRO also provides stills imaging capabilities. 2G Robotics’ stills imaging camera and smart subsea light can attach to the ULS-500 PRO to seamlessly capture still images between laser profiles.

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