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OceanServer Awarded AUV Contract with US Naval Undersea Warfare Center for Iver3 with Rowe Technologies, Inc. DVL

October 9, 2014 - via OceanServer

This system will include several Iver3 options just released including the Rowe Technologies, Inc. (RTI) SeaPILOT 600 kHz Doppler Velocity Log with ADCP.

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Today's Lithium Battery Transport Rules Govern New Drone Technologies

September 26, 2014 - via US Department of Transportation

If a company's employee is traveling with a UAV and spare lithium ion batteries, the U.S. and international hazardous materials regulations strictly prohibit spare lithium ion batteries from being placed in checked baggage. In addition, lithium ion batteries carried on the aircraft by passengers generally may not exceed 100 Watt-hours. However, slightly larger lithium ion batteries exceeding 100 Wh, but not exceeding 160 Wh, may be carried onboard the aircraft with the approval of the airline. No more than two of these slightly larger lithium ion batteries may be carried on the aircraft.

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Fugro Equator Re-Commences Survey Work in Australia-led Search for MH370

September 25, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre

The ATSB is in the process of finalising the initial plan for the underwater search, to be followed and referred to by all parties involved in the underwater search. The comprehensive plan for the underwater search will include a sequence of priority areas. The first area to be searched has already been surveyed to ensure an accurate understanding of the sea floor topography.

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Haida Gwaii underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation in Canada

September 24, 2014 - via University of Victoria

A geologist will now study the images to ensure the rocks are not a natural formation, then the team will return next summer to take samples of the sediment near the site and to look for stone tools.

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Robofish gets new mission: finding Nemo

September 24, 2014 - via Michigan State University

The ultimate goal is to track the movements of the fish, including lake trout, walleye and lake sturgeon, to identify important habitats, understand why they move from one place to another, and how they are being affected by invasive species such as sea lampreys.

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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

September 24, 2014 - via Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)

Thanks to its web, the robot can now reach speeds of up to 180 millimeters (7 inches) a second — much faster thanthe 100 millimeters (4 inches) a second the web-less version of the octopus could reach.

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Boeing, Liquid Robotics Enter Maritime Surveillance Partnership

September 23, 2014 - via Boeing

The initial focus of the collaboration will be to develop total integrated solutions for antisubmarine warfare, maritime domain awareness and other maritime defense applications.

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Introducing Sirius, The Underwater Robot [Video]

September 22, 2014 - via WHOI

It has completed several missions over the Antikythera shipwreck, firstly conducting multi beam sonar runs, and then stereo photogrammetry passes, in order to stitch thousands of photos together and create a very high resolution map of the area.

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Phoenix International Awarded US$75-M Subsea Navy Contract

September 19, 2014 - via Phoenix International

Phoenix International conducted the undersea search for Malaysian Flight 370 under contract to the US Navy using its Artemis vehicle.

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Introducing Robo-Tuna, the Navy's Newest Robotic

September 18, 2014 - via Boston Engineering

Boston Engineering calls its prototype of the robot the "BIOSwimmer," and says it "can inspect the interior voids of ships such as flooded bilges and tanks, and hard to reach external areas such as steerage, propulsion, and sea chests. It can also inspect and protect harbors and piers, perform area searches, and carry out other security missions."

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Electric Boats, Small Submarines and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2014-2024

September 17, 2014 - via Reportlinker

The many interviews and investigations carried out in the preparation of the report have revealed a market that is larger and growing faster than is popularly assumed, though some incumbents miss what is happening with new entrants and in other parts of the world.

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SeeByte to Provide ‘SeeTrack’ for NOC’s Gliders

September 17, 2014 - via SeeByte

SeeTrack Professional is an open-architecture platform solution for rapid on-site analysis and data fusion that can be easily adapted for specific user needs. Developed as a mission-planning, monitoring, post-processing and reporting tool, this software technology has been successfully deployed on numerous surveys, military and security operations and scientific experiments.

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MBARI’s Chemical Sensors for SOCCOM Program

September 16, 2014 - via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

SOCCOM researchers plan to deploy approximately 200 profiling floats in the Southern Ocean over the next six years.

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Robotic hand works undersea

September 15, 2014 - via German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Built-in sensors track changes in pressure, texture and movement as the hand explores an object. Software uses the sensor readings to create a digital map of the object and make an educated guess about what it might be.

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New High-performance Supercapacitor Developed in California

September 11, 2014 - via University of California Riverside

The UCR scientists developed a new three-dimensional carbon nanotube porous foam. The large nanoscale pores on the foam’s surface ease the infiltration of electrolyte, while also allowing them to store energy much more densely than in other supercapacitor designs. The foam is made by depositing graphene and carbon nanotubes over a nickel substrate via chemical vapor, followed by a successive deposition of nanoparticles of hydrous ruthenium oxide (RuO2).

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Ship from lost Franklin expedition found

September 9, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

A remotely operated underwater vehicle searching the Victoria Strait made the discovery on Sunday. It’s one of two ships that belonged to Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition, though researchers aren’t sure yet whether it’s HMS Terror or HMS Erebus.

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High-tech sleuthing key to hunt for ships in Arctic

September 9, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

It took an arsenal of electronic devices to hunt down the Franklin expedition shipwreck.

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Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken

September 8, 2014 - via NASA GRC

The mission concept we propose to study will investigate a full spectrum of oceanographic phenomena: chemical composition of the liquid, surface and subsurface currents, mixing and layering in the “water” column, tides, wind and waves, bathymetry, and bottom features and composition. Measurements of all these aspects of Titan’s hydrocarbon ocean environment can only be made through focused in situ exploration with a well-instrumented craft.

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The science of ice forensics in the Arctic Franklin search

September 7, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

The underwater archeologists see it as a masterful combination of modern technology with historic accounts from Inuit people who described encounters with the Franklin expedition and at least one ghost ship, drifting south on an ice floe. “The important point is that ice information on its own is not sufficient to locate the vessels, but neither is the historical evidence,” Zagon says now. “Combining the two starts to provide some clarity.”

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Sailors to pilot 27-foot drone for training

September 6, 2014 - via NUWC Keyport

Sailors assigned to Submarine Development Squadron 5 prepare Large Training Vehicle 38, an unmanned undersea vehicle at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Wash. The drone is capable of line-of-sight and over-the-horizon communications in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

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