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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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Scientist to measure sea ice using underwater vehicle

July 16, 2014 - via University of Canterbury

What we are aiming to do with the underwater vehicle is to make measurements with finer resolution over greater distances to allow us to measure ice properties in a much more robust way.

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ATI's August - October Sonar & Acoustics Technical Training

July 15, 2014 - via Applied Technology Institute

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GUSC Presents a Live Unmanned Vehicle Demonstration

July 15, 2014 - via Gulf Unmanned Systems Center

There will be a live demonstration of submersible, aerial, and ground unmanned vehicles throughout the day.

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The Military Is Funding the Creation of Adorable Robots

July 12, 2014 - via Army Research Laboratory

The inherent cuteness of robots is a problem for the military.

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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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Underwater Drones Might Soon Map the Ocean Floor

July 11, 2014 - via Phoenix International

It's not necessarily about searching for sunken treasure or lost cities, he says — it's just about knowing what's down there.

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The newest tool for offshore exploration: ocean-going drones

July 11, 2014 - via Fortune

Nearly all of the major international oil and gas companies are experimenting with robotic technology, and most are using Liquid Robotics to do so.

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Greensea Upgrades Falcon DR with Autonomy and Advanced Control System

July 11, 2014 - via Greensea Systems

Combined with a FOG-based INS developed by Greensea, the Balefire control system added autopilots, station keeping, dynamic positioning, autonomous control modes, path following, mission planning, and sensor fusion to the basic Falcon DR ROV system.

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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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Five Things Small Businesses Should Know About Export Control Reform

July 10, 2014 - via Us Department of Commerce

Moving items to Commerce benefits small businesses because BIS’s regulations allow for more nuanced distinctions among technologies, destinations, and end users than the State Department’s regulations.

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NOAA Conducts Ocean Acidification Survey Off Alaska

July 9, 2014 - via NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Earlier this spring, scientists launched two Carbon Wave Gliders and a Slocum underwater glider into the Gulf of Alaska to collect data for five months.

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Small yet Accurate SVP Launched

July 7, 2014 - via Valeport

Valeport’s UV-SVP (Underwater Vehicle – Sound Velocity Profiler) is based on the company’s miniSVS and offers a form factor designed for underwater vehicles where space is at a premium.

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NOC Welcomes New RAS Approach

July 4, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

Its key priorities include developing and operating new tools for working in harsh environments and ensuring that technological innovations are demonstrated in real world environments.

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This Underwater Drone Is The Future Of Navy Surveillance

July 3, 2014 - via Boston Engineering

The robot-fish is highly maneuverable and can accelerate quickly, reaching speeds up to 40 knots, Loper said. Being propelled by its tail instead of a shaft or propeller helps it remain stealthy and energy efficient. The shark-like sensor is engineered to carry a range of payloads from acoustic sensors to underwater cameras,

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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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Phoenix Artemis AUV Completes Initial Operations in the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

July 1, 2014 - via Phoenix International

Artemis recorded over 370 hours of in-water time and searched approximately 870 square kilometers (over 250 square miles) of the bottom collecting important side scan sonar data.

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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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