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Military ramps up use of underwater drones. What do they do?

July 16, 2014 - via Christian Science Monitor

Underwater drones have scientific and civilian uses, like the search for the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370. Militaries, too, see them as an increasingly useful tool.

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DARPA Blue Wolf program seeks revolutionary breakthroughs in undersea vehicle speed and efficiency

July 11, 2014 - via DARPA TTO

The Blue Wolf program will develop and demonstrate integrated underwater vehicle prototypes able to operate at speed and range combinations previously unachievable in fixed-size platforms, while retaining traditional volume and weight fractions for payloads and electronics. DARPA is seeking proposals for novel concept designs, dynamic lift and drag reduction systems, and innovative hybrid energy systems.

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In Defense of Killer Robots

July 10, 2014 - via Wall Street Journal

A ban-the-bots movement is growing, but first the military should find out what such autonomous systems can do.

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Teledyne Invests in Ocean Aero, a Designer of Marine Autonomous Vehicles

July 2, 2014 - via Teledyne

Ocean Aero’s planned unmanned underwater/surface vehicles, powered by wind and solar, complement Teledyne’s battery-powered Gavia AUVs and market-leading autonomous gliding vehicles using buoyancy-based propulsion

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James Bellingham Appointed Director of WHOI Center for Marine Robotics

July 2, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The Center for Marine Robotics at WHOI was established in 2012 to speed development of robotic technologies through collaboration with industry sponsors, academic partners, and key government agencies to change the way people and machines work together in the marine environment.

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Export Control Reform: Administration Publishes Changes to Regulations Controlling Exports of Military Electronics

June 30, 2014 - via Us Department of Coomerce

15 of 21 Categories of the U.S. Munitions List have been successfully revised under the Export Control Reform Initiative.

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Underwater Search Efforts during 2014 Franklin Expedition

June 30, 2014 - via Kraken Sonar Systems

Auvs to be involved in the Franklin Search

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Robot tuna made by Boston Engineering gets $200k toward military use

June 27, 2014 - via Boston Engineering

Boston Engineering's BIOSwimmer is a fish-like underwater robot that could be used by the U.S. military for inspecting ships, securing ports, and identifying contraband.

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Russian Navy plans on commissioning undersea reconnaissance drone in 2 years

June 26, 2014 - via Russian Navy

Stealthy, highly autonomous torpedo-like underwater vessels equipped with multiple sensors and detectors are expected to remain operational for up to 90 days, monitoring an assigned maritime area and reporting emergency intrusions to a command operations center.

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US DoE Funds 6 Lithium-Ion Battery Research Project Targeted At 200 Wh/kg

June 26, 2014 - via US Deparment of Energy

Six new applied battery research projects with objective to develop lithium-ion cells, which exceed energy density of 200 Wh/kg, were recently launched with support of $17.4 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Timeframe for the projects end in 2015.

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Kongsberg AUVX Annapolis 2015

June 26, 2014 - via Kongsberg Maritime

The forum is open to all users of Kongsberg and Hydroid vehicles, with limited availability for non-users interested in learning more about the vehicles.

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Researchers Studying More of Loihi’s Secrets

June 25, 2014 - via University of Hawaii

Researchers from the University of Hawaii and other institutions are going deep off the coast of Ka`u to study ancient — and ongoing — life processes.

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Next-Generation Advanced Batteries

June 25, 2014 - via Reportlinker announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: 

Next-Generation Advanced Batteries

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Centre to build underwater robots could be given green light

June 24, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

The new NOC facilities would be used to build a fleet of 40 Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems (MARS), similar to the underwater craft currently being used to search for the missing MH370 aircraft in the Indian Ocean.

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Underwater Robot Tracks Endangered Sea Turtles

June 24, 2014 - via NOAA

“This is the very first time that we used our AUVs to look for living creatures,” says Rob Downs, AUV project manager at NOAA's Office of Coastal Survey.

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Synthetic Aperture Sonar to help Navy hunt sea mines

June 19, 2014 - via Georgia Institute of Technology

SAS pings several times and then records the echoes on a hard drive for post-processing. Once the AUV surfaces, the hard drive is removed and the data is analyzed by computers in a complex signal processing effort. The signal processing converts the pings into a large, fine-resolution image of the seafloor.

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US Navy Purchases 4 Iver3 AUVs and Modernizes 3 Iver2 Systems

June 19, 2014 - via OceanServer

The new vehicles will include two standard Iver3-580 units and two new Iver3-450 Nano AUVs.

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NIWA to Study Deep Ocean’s Effects on Climate

June 17, 2014 - via National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

Called Deep Argo floats, they contain sensors to measure temperature and salinity between the surface and about 6000m deep, along with devices to transmit the data to satellites.

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Large Glider Experiment in the Sardinian Sea

June 16, 2014 - via Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

In REP14-MED, a large number of gliders from different Institutions and manufacturers are simultaneously at sea to collect ocean physical data in order to to improve the performance of ocean forecast models; diagnose and predict physical properties of the waters west of Sardinia; develop and test efficient sampling strategies; develop and test new methods to characterise the seabed; record underwater ambient noise; and test recent developments in underwater observation techniques.

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Big AUV count rise seen for next five years by Douglas-Westwood

June 13, 2014 - via Douglas-Westwood

Douglas-Westwood says to expect the highest growth market to be the commercial sector, including the offshore oil and gas industry

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