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Development Squadron 5 Receives First Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

August 28, 2014 - via US Navy

LTV 38 was originally developed for the Sea Stalker program. The vehicle is 27-feet in length and 38-inches in diameter, and was originally assembled in 2008 by Penn State University's UUV land-based test facility in State College, Penn.

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Unmanned Systems Experts Convene to Discuss Challenges, Chaos and Opportunities at Navy's "High-Value" Technical Exchange

August 28, 2014 - via NSWC Dahlgren

"Integrating unmanned systems into the Fleet has always been the biggest challenge. Technology hurdles can be overcome, but true unmanned systems integration requires us to alter our entire approach to warfighting to obtain the maximum benefit from the new capabilities".

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August 25, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

Harper Government Leads an Expanded Team of Partners to Discover the Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Arctic Expedition

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August 25, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

Some of the leading technologies to be employed will include the CSA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery, high resolution multi-beam and side-scan sonar, Parks Canada’s remotely operated underwater vehicle and autonomous underwater vehicle, and DRDC’s state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle, Arctic Explorer, which was developed in collaboration with private-sector partners.

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'We’re going to find' Franklin expedition, Stephen Harper vows

August 25, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the Parks Canada search in Eclipse Sound, Nunavut, for the two ships of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition. Harper says it's a mystery that has to be solved.

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As Technology Matures, New Roles Emerge for Underwater Drones

August 15, 2014 - via National Defense

Key areas in the development of the LDUUV include greater autonomy and the creation of efficient fuel cells that will facilitate long-term submersion. Better reliability is another goal of the program. When you are out on an autonomous vehicle, even minor things can be a complete showstopper.

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

August 10, 2014 - via IBIS World

AUVs have historically been used for a limited number of tasks due to the technology available; however, as AUVs are increasingly being used in commercial scenarios, the industry will grow over the five years to 2019. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Manufacturing industry to its growing industry report collection.

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A glide-path to knowledge

August 9, 2014 - via UW/APL

A determined effort to understand the Arctic is going on, in the sea and on the ice

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage technologies

August 9, 2014 - via NASA

The proposals are intended to produce new power sources, such as the fuel cell used in this Scarab lunar rover

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Japan creating fuel-cell powered underwater vehicle

August 8, 2014 - via Japanese Ministry of Defense

Japan announces a Fuel cell development program for UUVs

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Japan, US to develop 'fuel-cell submarine'

August 7, 2014 - via Japanese Ministry of Defense

Fuel cells generate emissions-free energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, and are most commonly associated with environmentally friendly vehicles.

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Dutch Firm Fugro Takes on Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

August 6, 2014 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre

Deep-Sea Sonar Expert Donald Hussong, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to Help Search with 2 Remus 6000 vehicles when the debris field is located.

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Watch great white sharks trying to eat an underwater robot

August 5, 2014 - via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The SharkCam is actually a REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS) that has been modified to follow sharks tagged with a special acoustic transponder. The vehicle can dive to a depth of 100 meters (328 feet) and can be equipped with a number of sensors to fulfill the requirements of the mission at hand.

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A Johns Hopkins Engineer Designed Pollution-Hunting Underwater Robots

August 5, 2014 - via Johns Hopkins University

The robots are equipped with propellers, cameras, environmental sensors, and wireless routers to keep tabs on everything from water temperature to blue-green algae to oxygen—and even pollutants.

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Maritime Autonomous Systems Secure USD 15 Mln Funding

August 5, 2014 - via Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The opportunities presented by Maritime Autonomous Systems are very exciting. However if we are to fully exploit these opportunities we need to invest in key areas such as “Supervised Autonomy” and “Deployment & Recovery” in order to meet future requirements and position the UK as a world leader in next generation Maritime Mission Systems.

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Underwater gliders could solve ecological mystery about endangered whales

August 5, 2014 - via Dahlhouse University

Canadian and American scientists are getting ready to deploy autonomous underwater vehicles around the Scotian shelf to look for rare North Atlantic right whales and learn more about their habitats.

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New Standards for Lithium Battery Transportation

August 5, 2014 - via US Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation announces new standards in the transportation of lithium cells and batteries.

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Students Make Waves at Robosub Competion

August 4, 2014 - via AUVSI

High schools and colleges from more than a dozen countries showed off their own underwater drones during a four-day robotics competition called “RoboSub.” The event tasked teams with creating small self-piloting submarines complete with a program that would allow them to maneuver around an underwater obstacle course.

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17th Annual International RoboSub Competition

August 4, 2014 - via AUVSI

Congratulations to the 2014 RoboSub winners!
 1st Place—Cornell University — $10,000 2nd Place—University of Florida — $5,000 3rd Place—ETS (Ecole Technologie Superieure) — $1,000 4th Place—Far Eastern Federal University — $1,000 5th Place—National University of Singapore —$1,000

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

August 3, 2014 - via Canadian Geographic

This year’s search is about much more than underwater archaeology. The Victoria Strait Expedition will contribute to northern science and communities.

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