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

November 7, 2014 - via

Final RFP by end of fiscal year

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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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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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Canada involved in NATO anti-submarine warfare experiment

October 26, 2014 - via Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

CMRE is performing experimentation with an autonomous collaborative ASW network using autonomous underwater and surface vehicles (AUVs and ASVs), with the Ocean Explorer AUV performing detections, and the Wave Glider, a wave-power operated unmanned surface vehicle, acting as a communications gateway.

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Underwater Drones Join Microphones to Listen for Chinese Nuclear Submarines

October 24, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research

“The idea behind Seaweb,” says Rear Adm. Philip Sawyer, commander of U.S. submarine forces in the Pacific, is “to network various nodes through the undersea environment and be able to tap that data and bring it where you want, whether it’s Singapore or San Diego.”

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VIDEO: BG Group ‘FlatFish’ Project

October 24, 2014 - via BG Group

It will reside subsea and be capable of undocking from a submerged docking station, carrying out an inspection mission and returning to base, all without human intervention

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CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

October 23, 2014 - via US Navy

Greenert said that by the end of the decade, the Navy ought to be deploying an autonomous large-diameter underwater-unmanned vehicle on missions.

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AutoNaut proves herself in Atlantic storm

October 21, 2014 - via MOST (AV)

We are delighted that the AutoNaut has successfully completed its first major offshore mission, and that the scientific sensors including the towed array have been safely recovered. It is encouraging to see that the novel camera system has already captured high-quality images of seabirds in the offshore environment, and we are excited about analysing the data in the coming weeks

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BMT, MSubs Collaborate on Maritime UxVs Sea Range

October 20, 2014 - via BMT Group

Currently there is no readily available UK or EU based facility capable of enabling command, control and tracking of multiple unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles in an environment where oceanographic and meteorological data can be monitored and recorded concurrently with the test.

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IAMC in Need for AUV

October 19, 2014 - via Italian Institute for coastal marine environment

The procured AUV should be capable of operating in a depth up to 1,000 meters, acquiring oceanographic data and geophysical surveys with a range of at least 8 hours.

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As Bermuda braces for Gonzalo, underwater glider studies hurricane impact

October 17, 2014 - via Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

The hope is that by gathering a series of measurements over the 10 hours that hurricane-force winds are expected affect the area, Anna's perspective from underneath the water will yield additional insights into the interplay between the ocean and the storm.

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Hibbard in Flooded Tunnel Inspection with Sabertooth AUV/ROV

October 17, 2014 - via Hibbard Inshore

The Sabertooth was fitted with a combination of multi-beam systems and cameras to provide 3D profiling of the tunnel, along with a record of the tunnel wall status and HD video examination of areas of concern.

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Export Control Reform Update: 2014 and Beyond

October 15, 2014 - via Baker Donelson

Keep in mind that relaxed controls doesn’t mean that your licensing responsibilities will either remain the same or disappear altogether. They may require the implementation of a different procedure altogether.

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NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

October 13, 2014 - via Nanyang Technology University (NTU)

The next generation lithium-ion batteries can charge up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years. The researchers hope to see the batteries hit the market within the next two years.

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Submarines: Very Special Robots

October 11, 2014 - via The Strategy Page

Bluefin 21s can be quickly flown to any part of the world and put to work from just about any ship with a crane (to out Bluefin into the water and take it out again for battery recharging, data transfer and any needed maintenance). A Bluefin can map about 90 square kilometers of seabed a day and the search area could ultimately grow to include over 600,000 square kilometers but for the moment the search is concentrated on 600 square kilometers of ocean bottom.

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Call for Papers:OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Genova

October 10, 2014 - via IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

Extended Abstracts must be submitted on-line within the December 5 deadline

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OceanServer Awarded AUV Contract with US Naval Undersea Warfare Center for Iver3 with Rowe Technologies, Inc. DVL

October 9, 2014 - via OceanServer

This system will include several Iver3 options just released including the Rowe Technologies, Inc. (RTI) SeaPILOT 600 kHz Doppler Velocity Log with ADCP.

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