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Secretary Of Drones: SecNav Mabus Creates Deputy Ass’t Sec. For Unmanned

April 15, 2015 - via US Navy

On the civilian side, “I’m going to appoint a new Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems,” Mabus said at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space conference here. On the uniformed side, the Chief of Naval Operations‘ staff will create a new section, N-99. Together, he said, these two organizations will “coordinate and champion…. all aspects of unmanned – in all domains – over, on and under the sea and coming from the sea to operate on land.”

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Minisub a Hit At Navy Expo

April 14, 2015 - via Huntington Ingalls Industries

The Proteus is unique, designed to be manually crewed or to function as an autonomous, unmanned underwater vehicle.

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Navy to Deploy First Underwater Drones from Submarines

April 13, 2015 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems

The Remus 600s will launch from a 11-meter long module on the Virginia-class submarines called the dry deck shelter which can launch divers and UUVs while submerged.

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This Duck Drone Could Spy on Enemy Subs

March 30, 2015 - via Naval Research Laboratory

Under its Flimmer program (for “flying swimmer”), the NRL team built a “Test Sub” — basically a submarine with wings —and simply worked around the fact that it was heavier than the typical drone. They took it on at least three test runs, dropping it from a plane at 1,000 feet. The test sub flew well enough, according to Edwards’s account, performing “as any other aircraft, controllable in three axes and exhibiting sufficient stability for man-in-the-loop flight.” The team then guided it along the surface of the water at 40 knots (about 46 miles per hour) “before sending it beneath the waves where it performed like a regular UUV,” or unmanned underwater vehicle.

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The World of 2020 According to DARPA

March 26, 2015 - via DARPA

The Upward Falling Payloads program seeks to put robot pods on the ocean floor and then allowing them to lie in wait for years until, triggered by either an event or a command, they wake from their deathly sleep and rise to the surface to release their payloads.

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Kraken Sonar Delivers Deep-Sea Sonar System to Fraunhofer Institute

March 25, 2015 - via Kraken

Kraken's 6000m AquaPix(R) Sonar to Be Integrated Into Fraunhofer IOSB's DeDAvE Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Program

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ATI April - May Acoustics & Sonar courses

March 24, 2015 - via Applied Technology Institute

April - May Acoustics & Sonar courses

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2015 Marine Technology Society (MTS) student scholarship program

March 24, 2015 - via Marine Technology Society

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 20, 2015.

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Special Notice: Sonar and Other Underwater Sensing Technology

March 24, 2015 - via Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia seeks to collaborate with a company or companies interested in partnering opportunities leading to new applications of advanced algorithm technology for underwater vehicles.

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Innovate UK Funding Given to Develop Lithium Sulfur Batteries for Marine Autonomous Systems

March 24, 2015 - via OXIS Energy

Innovate UK agreed funding of £1.1 million which will be led by Steatite whose speciality is the design and manufacture of Lithium battery pack solutions. In addition this collaboration will involve the underwater vehicle designers and manufacturers MSubs Ltd and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

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Speakers Sought for Teledyne Joint Technology Workshop

March 24, 2015 - via Teledyne Marine

Teledyne customers are encouraged to submit an abstract sharing their experience using Teledyne products

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Robotic SPACE Explorers Need Smarts to Survive

March 23, 2015 - via McGill University

If programmed to prioritize the more unusual items it comes across, the robot could then spend more time examining that corresponding terrain

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Strange craft at Pillar Point used to photograph underwater ship wreckage

March 19, 2015 - via NOAA

Echo Ranger journeyed 30 miles out to sea, where it captured high-definition, 3D sonar images of the USS Independence, a groundbreaking World War II aircraft carrier that was intentionally sunk near the Farallon Islands during torpedo warhead testing in 1951.

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Data gathering expedition using coordinated groups of underwater robotics

March 18, 2015 - via Australian Centre for Field Robotics

"We believe this is a big step in pushing oceanographic technology forward," said chief engineer, Dr. Pizarro. The work will bring engineers closer to being able to leave groups of robotic vehicles unattended for long stretches of time to accomplish tasks like detailed seafloor mapping and chemical analyses across wide areas.

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Arctic surveillance is the result of East-West political tensions in the polar regions

March 17, 2015 - via Military and Areospace Electronics

Research efforts by the U.S., Canada, Norway, and others are developing networks of unmanned persistent-surveillance sensors that will bring unprecedented traffic-monitoring capabilities to the arctic region, which is increasing in importance because of growing military, transportation, and energy interests.

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Robotic fish designed to protect real ones from pollution

March 17, 2015 - via Korea Institute of Industrial Technology

Ultimately, the team envisages a school of robotic trout swimming around farm enclosures, working together to test for toxic chemicals and other harmful substances in multiple locations, as well as monitoring for changes in water temperature.

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Innovate UK Boosts Marine Autonomous Systems Growth

March 17, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre

Starting later this year the projects will see NOC working closely with businesses to develop a low cost robot sub, a pressure tolerant rechargeable battery and an integrated, low cost, shore based technique for surveying the full water column.

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Kraken Gets Funds for Seabed Mapping Development

March 17, 2015 - via Kraken

The funding is being used to develop a real-time, ultra high resolution seabed mapping system that is based on Kraken’s Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (INSAS) technology, real-time SAS signal processing algorithms and coupled with an onboard version of advanced 3D seabed visualization software.

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VIMS develops underwater robot to assist in oil-spill cleanup

March 16, 2015 - via Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Team gauges the thickness of a slick by emitting sound waves from below—waves that reflect off the density boundaries between water and oil, oil and air, or oil and ice. Measuring the slight delay between the reception of these reflected echoes allows the vehicle’s software to gauge the thickness of surface and below-ice oil slicks at very fine resolution

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Massive underwater volcano spewing pumice on Australian and New Zealand beaches

March 13, 2015 - via University of Tasmania

Sentry can take digital photographs of deep-sea terrain and is equipped with sonars. With Jason, the scientists will have access to the seafloor while remaining on the ship. It will gather samples of marine life, sediment and rock, and transmit images and video.

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