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Undersea drone hunt for Malaysian plane may take two months

April 15, 2014 - via Reuters

The AUV takes six times longer to cover the same area as the towed pinger locator. It is estimated that it will take the AUV anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire search area

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Hunt for Malaysian plane heads deep underwater in new phase

April 14, 2014 - via Associated Press

The submarine will take 24 hours to complete each mission: two hours to dive to the bottom, 16 hours to search the seafloor, two hours to return to the surface, and four hours to download the data, Houston said. In its first deployment, it will search a 40-square kilometre section of seafloor.

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MH370 search to shift focus to underwater scan

April 14, 2014 - via The Guardian

In absence of black box detections, autonomous underwater vehicle Blue Fin 21 will be deployed to scan sea floor

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Bluefin Robotics wins $7.1 million Sole Source contract to develop Navy's next-generation underwater drones

April 14, 2014 - via Naval Research Laboratory Stennis Space Center

The NRL's Black Pearl program is developing an underwater drone for research in long range and multi-static mine hunting and ASW programs, as well as in new distributed sensing research. For this project Bluefin experts will develop as many as five next-generation underwater drones based on the company's Bluefin 21 UUV.

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TE Connectivity to acquire the SEACON

April 13, 2014 - via TE Connectivity

We are excited by the addition of the SEACON group because it combines their fiber optic capability, TE's cable product line and the power connector range from our Deutsch acquisition to create a leading product offering for undersea applications.

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Teledyne BlueView Releases New M900 Deep 4,000m Depth Rating

April 10, 2014 - via Teledyne Blueview

The M900-D also includes BlueView's third generation electronics package, which is smaller, lower power, and produces improved imagery over previous models by applying techniques such as automatic transmit power adjustment.

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Underwater search 'more difficult'

April 9, 2014 - via New Straits Times

The aircraft investigation expert said the next course of action available for the search solely depended on submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles, better known as AUVs, which have the capability to look for objects underwater

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The unmanned underwater future

April 9, 2014 - via Australian Strategic Policy Institute

They’re being considered as key complementary elements to address several operational challenges navies currently face.

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Flight MH370: Drone to be deployed as more signals recorded

April 9, 2014 - via Institution of Engineering and Technology

Once the search area is scaled down, the Bluefin-21 will be sent down to map it in detail. In case signs of wreckage are spotted, the vehicle will try to capture a photograph. However, assembling the mosaic of thousands of high-definition photos in the undersea gloom can be a long and frustrating task.

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Torpedo-shaped robot joins search for missing Malaysian flight

April 9, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics

The Bluefin-21, an autonomous swimming robot, will be dropped 2.5 miles below ocean surface for the hunt

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Ultra Electronics USSI, Liquid Robotics Develop Long Duration Maritime Security Solution

April 9, 2014 - via Liquid Robotics

The sensor/software suite is designed to acoustically detect, track and form contact reports on waterborne targets that are transmitted to a command and control node on shore, ship or aircraft platform.

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Search for Malaysian aircraft turns to underwater robot

April 8, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics

Rescuers will be using the robot’s side scan sonar and digital imaging capabilities to survey the ocean floor for signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

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Navy gear detects prolonged pings in search for missing plane

April 7, 2014 - via Stars and Stripes

Commodore Peter Leavy of the Royal Australian Navy said if the Ocean Shield crew detects the signal a third time, “that will be the trigger to launch the underwater vehicle with the sonar” to explore for wreckage.

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NUWC Proposes to give Sole Source Contract to WHOI for Remus services

April 7, 2014 - via NUWC Newport RI

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) has a requirement for services to perform systems engineering, system development, technical analysis, installation, integration, testing and evaluation services in support of U.S. Navy, Government-owned Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV).

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Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

April 6, 2014 - via U S Coast Guard

Coast Guard officials are looking for long-endurance marine vehicles that can operate unattended -- except for remote monitoring -- for several weeks to several months.

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Global AUV fleet to increase 42 per cent by 2018

April 4, 2014 - via Douglas-Westwood

North America will continue to dominate global AUV expenditure, predominantly on military unmanned technology

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Robotic fish feels the flow

April 4, 2014 - via University of Maryland

The idea is to create an autonomous underwater vehicle that can find stationary objects by changes in water flow.

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OCEANS'14 MTS/IEEE St. John's CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Deadline Extended

April 3, 2014 - via MTS/IEEE Oceans 14 St Johns

Abstract Deadline extended to Apr 18 2014

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Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs.

April 2, 2014 - via Associated Press

But if investigators can zero in on an approximate crash location, they will likely turn to AUVs to begin the methodical task of tracking back and forth across miles of ocean floor in search of anomalies that might be wreckage.

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Pentagon Boosting its Push for Underwater Drones

March 31, 2014 - via Defense News

The Pentagon has called for more technology that will enable U.S. military to place assets closer to potential targets without attracting attention.

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