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Underwater Energy Transfer to Expand UUV Capability

August 20, 2015 - via NSWC Carderock

The ability to use wireless technology to charge UUV batteries while underwater may significantly decrease time between missions, improving overall utility.

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Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Market 2015-2020 Report Launched

August 7, 2015 - via Market Reports

Market Forcast for unmanned underwater vehicles 2015-2020

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August 7, 2015 - via Boeing

The Seeker’s larger size allows it to run for twice as long and go twice as far as its predecessor. Boeing’s used the extra interior cargo space—170 cubic feet, compared to 25 in the Ranger—to increase payload capacity, and packed it with enough silver-zinc batteries to keep it running for days on end. At a typical speed of 3.5 mph, it’s got enough life to travel 265 miles without recharging. And it fits inside a standard 40-foot shipping container— important for moving it quickly and safely around the world.

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Students Race Robot Submarines in ‘Back to the Future’-Themed Competition

August 5, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research

San Diego State University took this year’s top prize of $6,000. National University of Singapore won second prize and $4,000; Maritime State University placed third for $3,000; earning $1,000 each were California Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Far Eastern Federal University and Amador Valley High School, which placed fourth to seventh, respectively.

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Navy leaders: Future rides on unmanned systems

August 5, 2015 - via US Navy

Science and technology development are key to minimizing critical gaps for future naval operations, specifically in the unmanned domain.

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Kraken and Tritech Launch Correlation Velocity Log

August 4, 2015 - via Kraken

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Tritech will sell the Kraken-developed CVL, AquaTrak(TM), under the Tritech name and branding, through their international network.

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US Navy submarine successfully launches and recovers underwater drone

August 1, 2015 - via US Navy

The underwater drone was launched from a dry deck shelter – a removable module that can be attached to a submarine – which makes entering and exiting a sub easier when the boat is submerged.

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Scots underwater robots help tackle climate change

July 31, 2015 - via Scottish Association for Marine Science

The Scottish Marine Robotics Facility is a lot more than just toys for scientists, it’s really about the new understanding that our scientists will generate”

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How new sonar technology is charting Canada's Arctic

July 31, 2015 - via Defence Research and Development Canada

The system that we have produces bathymetry as well as high-resolution imagery. The reason it does that is not because we necessarily wanted bathymetry — although that’s a nice corollary — we need the [depth data] in order to focus the SAS on the exact right spot and altitude.

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Stephen Hawking Doesn’t Have to Fear Killer Robots

July 29, 2015 - via Defense One

Autonomous weapons will never remove the human dimension of warfare, but if we are careful, they just might thin the fog.

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Boeing's yellow submarine: The new vessel, built in Huntington Beach, can dive down to 20,000 feet

July 28, 2015 - via Boeing

Boeing’s latest and largest submersible is a follow-up to its 2001 Echo Ranger, the smaller, original yellow submarine that conducts ocean surveys. The 32-foot-long Echo Seeker has a 6,000 pound cargo capacity and is equipped with sonar technology for enhanced ocean-bottom mapping.

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Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

July 28, 2015 - via IJCAI 2015 conference

Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

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Navy to Invest Up to $1.43 Billion to Support Unmanned Mine Countermeasures Vehicles

July 22, 2015 - via US Navy

Seven contractors were awarded three-year contracts, with two one-year options, for a range of engineering work: design, fabrication, installation, test and evaluation, fielding, maintenance, training and more for both hardware and software of existing and future systems

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Robotic Submarine and Plankton Sampling: Learning Seep Secrets

July 22, 2015 - via Duke University Marine Laboratory

The SyPRID sampler can allow us to gain a much clearer picture of where the larvae go and where they concentrate in the deep ocean

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U.S. Submarine Launches Undersea Drone in a 1st for US Navy

July 20, 2015 - via US Navy

The drone was launched from a shelter attached to the top of the Virginia class submarine that can also be used for the undersea deployment of divers and special forces.

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Europe's first ultra-deep-sea robotic glider to monitor deep sea pollution

July 18, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre

As Europe’s first ultra-deep-sea robot glider, the craft is capable of reaching 75 percent of the world's oceans to depths of up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft).

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Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

June 29, 2015 - via US Navy

Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier will be assigned as director, unmanned weapons systems, N99, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, District of Columbia.

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New Fuel Cell Technology Shows Safety, Endurance Potential for UUVs

June 29, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research

The aluminum-seawater concept is an old idea but only recently have the barriers to making it operational been overcome.

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Congress wants to get undersea unmanned vehicles just right

May 27, 2015 - via US Navy

Lawmakers are calling on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to assess the number and types of AUVs needed to most effectively execute naval missions.

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UTEC NCS Survey completes West African project

May 27, 2015 - via NCS Survey

UTEC NCS performed pre-lay and as-laid surveys using their Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems on the Mafumeira and Litchendjili fields, offshore Angola and Congo.

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