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FY 15 Navy SBIR Solicitation

December 12, 2015 - via US Department of Defense

Solicitation Deadline 18 Feb 2015 6:00AM EST

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Navy Tests New Unmanned Underwater Vehicle at JEBLC-FS

December 12, 2014 - via US Navy News

Its bio-mimicry provides additional security during low visibility intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and friendly hull inspections, while quieter than propeller driven craft of the same size

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IATA releases guide for safely transporting lithium batteries

December 8, 2014 - via IATA

IATA’s “Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Operators” is available for free online and the organization hopes it will enable parties involved in shipping lithium batteries to have full access to best practices and guidelines. It also is aimed at helping airlines in educating passengers packing lithium batteries in baggage carried in aircraft bellies.

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NTSB recommends improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries

December 5, 2014 - via NTSB

Based on conclusions from its investigation of the Jan. 7, 2013 B787 Boston battery fire incident.

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Why Eel Drones Are the Future of Naval Warfare

December 4, 2014 - via Defense One

European eels are able to migrate from Europe to the Sargasso Sea in the West Indies on almost no food, suggesting that anguilliform swimming conserves more energy than previously thought.

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UK: Robot Fleet Completes Pioneering Campaign

December 3, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

In the latest phase of the project, three unmanned surface vehicles were used to track fish carrying acoustic ‘pingers’ off the Devon coast. About 85 fish, including rays, sole and plaice, were tagged and released by scientists from the Marine Biological Association (MBA), with the aim of understanding how these fish use Marine Protected Areas. The roaming robotic vehicles carried acoustic receivers and worked alongside a series of fixed receivers on the seabed in order to track fish movements inside and outside of the protected sites.

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Navy Refines Draft Requirements for Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

December 1, 2014 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems

The Increment 1 LDUUV will have mission capabilities to include Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment and below-water Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance to improve battlespace awareness.

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Underwater robot helps create 3-D map of Antarctica's ice

November 26, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

After carefully assembling the data from SeaBED, scientists have now unveiled the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice. But while the results are stunning, the findings are surprising.

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Building a better battery

November 25, 2014 - via Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

Using high-performance computing, Srinivasan's team has whittled down the number of materials to a few that have sufficient energy capacity and can be classified as safe, cheaper and longer-lasting than lithium. Within the next year, Srinivasan hopes to have other new materials ready for testing, and optimized prototypes ready by 2017.

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Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

November 24, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The full 3-D topography of the underside of the ice provides a richness of new information about the structure of sea ice and the processes that created it. This is key to advancing our models particularly in showing the differences between Arctic and Antarctic sea ice."

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Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought, study finds

November 24, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

First of its kind robotic survey of underside of sea ice floes reveals denser ice fringing the continent

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360Heros Announces the 360Abyss

November 24, 2014 - via 360Heros

360Abyss is the world’s first and most advanced panoramic underwater video and photo gear. Compact, rugged and versatile, the 360Abyss can shoot fully spherical video and photo content at depths as low as 1,000 meters

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AMC help to uncover Antarctic secrets

November 20, 2014 - via Australian Maritime College

The Australian Maritime College is part of a mission to deploy an underwater vehicle to map algae growing on the underside of the Antarctic ice shelf.

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Slocum G2 Gliders Delivered to DOF Subsea

November 20, 2014 - via Teledyne Webb Reaearch

DOF Subsea selected the Slocum glider as our first platform for remotely managed Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Oil and Gas operations due to its scalability, reliability and track record

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Robot Designers Take Cues from Nature

November 20, 2014 - via Cadalyst

Biological inspiration has already become commonplace in developing technology when you consider activities as common as computers in 'sleep' mode, 'viruses' on computers, and sonar on UUVs (from bats and dolphins).

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Study to Improve Iceberg Warnings for Rigs

November 18, 2014 - via Memorial University

The Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL) at the University is undertaking a long-term study into modelling the behavior of icebergs that includes acquiring real-world data that will increase the accuracy of predicting the rate and direction of their drift.

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ONR LDUUV Contractors

November 18, 2014 - via ONR

Compilation of Contractors working on ONR LDUUV contracts

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Stock Market Models Help Predict Animal Behavior

November 18, 2014 - via NYU School of Engineering

Using many of the same tools employed in financial analysis, the researchers were able to create a mathematical model of zebrafish swimming, mining video footage from previous experimental sessions

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Ocean gliding robots used to study melting Antarctic sheet ice

November 17, 2014 - via Caltech

The gliders observed that temperature and salinity, working together, create a situation whereby the warmest water is not on top, but actually sandwiched in the middle layers of the water.

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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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