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ONR Industry Day: Anti‐Submarine Warfare Mission Package (ASWMP) Leap Ahead Project

November 13, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research

The research will develop ASW technologies and build a working mission package for a LDUUV; integrate the mission package into a pre‐selected surrogate LDUUV; and demonstrate the resulting ASWMP during at‐sea tests with relevant targets and in a relevant operating environment.

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Tiburon Subsea Takes Delivery of OceanServer AUV Rental System

November 11, 2014 - via OceanServer

Tiburon Subsea provides global underwater technology rental, training and support services with a focus on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

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Navy Plans To Issue Draft RFP For Large Displacement UUV Next Summer

November 7, 2014 - via InsideDefense.com

Final RFP by end of fiscal year

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Registration Open for Underwater Intervention 2015

November 7, 2014 - via Marine Technology Society

Underwater Intervention has grown to encompass more industries in addition to Commercial Diving and Remotely Operated Vehicles. We now include Manned Submersibles, Instruments and Sensors, Sonar and Acoustics, Ocean Engineering, Marine Salvage and Shipwrecks, AUV and UUV Technology.

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This Robotic "Fish" Will Save Salmon from Damnation

November 7, 2014 - via Pacific Northwest National Lab

The Sensor Fish has been designed to accurately recreate, measure, and record the physical forces that a fish would experience while traversing the depths of a hydro turbine.

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GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. acquires Akoostix Inc

November 7, 2014 - via GeoSpectrum Technologies

The acquisition of Akoostix provides GeoSpectrum with world class acoustic and sonar processing capability, allowing us to better support our customers. We are one of only a few sonar companies with the in-house capability to provide end-to-end integrated systems.

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UD researchers help locate lost heroes from World War II

November 7, 2014 - via University of Delaware

Underwater robots known as autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, can be programmed to independently survey large swaths of the seafloor to determine depth, water conditions and other oceanographic variables. With sonar and cameras on board, AUVs can capture images of sand ripples, coral reefs — and objects like airplanes.

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New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

November 7, 2014 - via Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the State Department issued a final rule to amend Category XI of the U.S. Munitions List (“USML”) covering military electronics.[2] Under these amendments, certain items previously covered on the USML are being removed and replaced with more precisely defined defense articles, creating a more “positive list” of controlled items. On the same day, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) within the Commerce Department issued a companion rule which is adding items to the Commerce Control List (“CCL”) 600 Series that are transitioning from the USML.

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Navy Official: Energy Issues ‘Drive Everything about UUVs’

November 6, 2014 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems

Hornbach emphasized the need for safe, reliable, and powerful systems to power the service’s UUVs. Citing the extensive use of lithium-ion batteries on UUVs, he said, “Safety associated with that is not where in needs to be.”

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Navy Officials Define Traits for Future Anti-Mine UUVs

November 6, 2014 - via US Navy

Focus on speed, sea state, sensors and affordability as it develops UUVs for mine countermeasures (MCM).

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Navy Looking to Expand Range, Speed of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

November 6, 2014 - via US Navy

A wishlist of capabilities he would like industry to bring him, including smaller, man-portable systems and UUVs that can be launched and recovered from aircraft, surface ships and submarines.

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China ushers in 'robot age'

November 6, 2014 - via People's Daily Online

We can't give up China's robot market to foreign suppliers. We need to develop our own technologies and occupy the market with self-developed robots.

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UDT 2015 Call for Papers Now Open

November 6, 2014 - via UDT 2015

The deadline of the submission of abstracts (max. 500 words) is Sunday 11th January 2015

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Shipwreck accidentally discovered off coast of Santa Cruz

November 6, 2014 - via Tech Times

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) investigators were carrying out a study of earthquake faults in Monterey Bay, when their sonar equipment detected the outline of a ship on the marine floor. "Researchers first spotted the barge in sonar data from MBARI's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) D. Allen B., which is specially designed to map the seafloor.

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Engineered Syntactic Systems Designs Mission Critical Buoyancy Solutions for Bluefin Robotics

November 5, 2014 - via Engineered Syntactic Systems

The unique capabilities of ESS' high-performance syntactics allow manned and unmanned vehicles like the Bluefin 21 AUV to operate for long periods of time at the deepest ocean depths. ESS syntactic materials deliver high hydrostatic strength and the best buoyancy-to-depth ratio available today.

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United States Department of Defense Awards $22 Million to Expand EaglePicher's Lithium-Ion Production Capabilities

November 5, 2014 - via Eagle Pitcher

During Phase I, competitors were required to demonstrate electrochemical cell technology capable of exceeding 250 watt-hours per kilogram at an elevated discharge rate. EaglePicher was selected as the sole contractor for Phase II of the LIMA program. This phase of the program provides cost-shared financial assistance to establish a production facility supporting the manufacture of raw materials, cells, and batteries utilizing this newly-developed, high-energy density formulation.

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Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

November 4, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

This second phase builds on the success of Phase 1 and allows us to test the vehicle fleet in coastal waters. Using autonomous surface vehicles in combination with fixed seabed assets significantly enhances the scientific value of the system.

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A Brain-Inspired Chip Takes to the Sky

November 4, 2014 - via MIT Technology Reviw

An experiment involving a chip on a small drone shows how hardware modeled on the brain could provide useful intelligence.

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Explore the ocean with Google's 360-degree seaview

October 30, 2014 - via Google

Vevers' team is currently developing an autonomous underwater vehicle to be deployed by 2017 to cover even more of the ocean. "These AUVs can stick to a meter and a half above the seafloor and hover at one knot," he said. "They could cover 12 kilometers in a day, which would scale the project significantly."

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Teledyne Buys Oceanscience

October 27, 2014 - via Teledyne

Through the acquisition of Oceanscience, as well as the recent investment in Ocean Aero and the pending acquisition of Bolt Technology and its Seabotix division, we will have significantly broadened Teledyne’s portfolio of remotely-operated and autonomous marine systems

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