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Underwater search 'more difficult'

April 9, 2014 - via New Straits Times

The aircraft investigation expert said the next course of action available for the search solely depended on submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles, better known as AUVs, which have the capability to look for objects underwater

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The unmanned underwater future

April 9, 2014 - via Australian Strategic Policy Institute

They’re being considered as key complementary elements to address several operational challenges navies currently face.

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Flight MH370: Drone to be deployed as more signals recorded

April 9, 2014 - via Institution of Engineering and Technology

Once the search area is scaled down, the Bluefin-21 will be sent down to map it in detail. In case signs of wreckage are spotted, the vehicle will try to capture a photograph. However, assembling the mosaic of thousands of high-definition photos in the undersea gloom can be a long and frustrating task.

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Search for Malaysian aircraft turns to underwater robot

April 8, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics

Rescuers will be using the robot’s side scan sonar and digital imaging capabilities to survey the ocean floor for signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

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Navy gear detects prolonged pings in search for missing plane

April 7, 2014 - via Stars and Stripes

Commodore Peter Leavy of the Royal Australian Navy said if the Ocean Shield crew detects the signal a third time, “that will be the trigger to launch the underwater vehicle with the sonar” to explore for wreckage.

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NUWC Proposes to give Sole Source Contract to WHOI for Remus services

April 7, 2014 - via NUWC Newport RI

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) has a requirement for services to perform systems engineering, system development, technical analysis, installation, integration, testing and evaluation services in support of U.S. Navy, Government-owned Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV).

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Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

April 6, 2014 - via U S Coast Guard

Coast Guard officials are looking for long-endurance marine vehicles that can operate unattended -- except for remote monitoring -- for several weeks to several months.

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Global AUV fleet to increase 42 per cent by 2018

April 4, 2014 - via Douglas-Westwood

North America will continue to dominate global AUV expenditure, predominantly on military unmanned technology

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Robotic fish feels the flow

April 4, 2014 - via University of Maryland

The idea is to create an autonomous underwater vehicle that can find stationary objects by changes in water flow.

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OCEANS'14 MTS/IEEE St. John's CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Deadline Extended

April 3, 2014 - via MTS/IEEE Oceans 14 St Johns

Abstract Deadline extended to Apr 18 2014

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Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs.

April 2, 2014 - via Associated Press

But if investigators can zero in on an approximate crash location, they will likely turn to AUVs to begin the methodical task of tracking back and forth across miles of ocean floor in search of anomalies that might be wreckage.

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Pentagon Boosting its Push for Underwater Drones

March 31, 2014 - via Defense News

The Pentagon has called for more technology that will enable U.S. military to place assets closer to potential targets without attracting attention.

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Royal Navy Join Forces with National Oceanography Centre

March 31, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

The NOC is pleased to be able to apply its world-leading capabilities and considerable experience in marine autonomous systems – sometimes referred to as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) – to work with the Royal Navy

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USC Viterbi researchers developing cheap, better-performing lithium-ion batteries

March 31, 2014 - via University of Southern California

The USC Viterbi team developed a cost-effective (and therefore commercially viable) silicon anode with a stable capacity above 1100 mAh/g for extended 600 cycles, making their anode nearly three times more powerful and longer lasting than a typical commercial anode.

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DARPA Completes First Phase of Upward Falling Payloads Program

March 31, 2014 - via DARPA

DARPA’s Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program centers on developing deployable, unmanned, nonlethal distributed systems that would lie on the deep-ocean floor in special containers for years at a time

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Deep-sea Fish Inspire Robotic Feeding Model

March 31, 2014 - via National Science Foundation

One of Bassbot's critical advantages is the ability it gives the researchers to reproduce experiments. "Moving water is a complicated event and the model provides details on how this occurs and does so consistently

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MH370 crash: Deep-sea search tools ready for deployment

March 30, 2014 - via

An inventory of high technology devices have been staged to search for the undersea crash site.

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Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Market worth $4.84 Billion by 2019

March 28, 2014 - via Markets and Markets

The global AUV market is estimated to be $457 Million in 2014 and expected register a CAGR of 31.95% in 2019.

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NOAA Releases Ocean Acidification Research Plan

March 28, 2014 - via NOAA

Federal investment in basic research, long-term monitoring, and multi-disciplinary, applied research, will allow U.S. scientists to develop the knowledge needed to inform policy and help prepare society for rapid shifts in ocean chemistry

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NOC Licences RSI for Probe Guard Manufacturing

March 27, 2014 - via Rockland Scientific International,

The probe guard is designed to protect RSI’s MicroRider turbulence sensor probes, particularly when deployed on ocean gliders, whilst minimising flow disturbance around the sensor probes.

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