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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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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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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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U.S. Issues New Rules for Air Cargo Shipments of Lithium Batteries

August 1, 2014 - via Wall Street Journal

Mirror International Standards; Falls Short of What Pilots Group Wanted

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Underwater Robots Race For Glory In Point Loma

August 1, 2014 - via AUVSI

In the finals, the robots are required to go through underwater gates, navigate a winding course, recognize different colored buoys and even pick up objects. He said the technology is complex and it requires a variety of skill sets.

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RJE Introduces SEEKER Acoustic Receivers for Subsea Vehicles

August 1, 2014 - via RJE International

The VADR-1000M and the VADR-6000M are unique directional receivers which can be fitted on ROVs, AUVs, and submersibles to support oilfield subsea construction, deep-sea oceanology research and even “Black Box” recovery.

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Robot fish monitors found lousy: BAI

July 31, 2014 - via Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection

The robot fish developed with an immense state budget of nearly $6 million to monitor water quality in the country’s major rivers have been found to be malfunctioning and not as technologically advanced as previously stated, Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection announced yesterday based on the results of its probe.

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MUN researchers mapping Smith's Sound underwater

July 31, 2014 - via Memorial University

Memorial University's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will collect enough data about the topography and plant life beneath the water of Smith's Sound to help them determine why this area is a favourite gathering place for cod.

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Robot patrols for ports?

July 30, 2014 - via BMT Group

These small, robust 1.8m torpedo-shaped AUVs connect with modems seated below the surface to link with the brains of the outfit onshore. Since the modems can be strung out on a chain across the port, handing over the data link from one to another, the AUVs can remain connected even when far from base, keeping up a harbour patrol day and night.

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Pure lithium anode may treble battery capacity

July 29, 2014 - via Stanford University

The challenge of making a lithium anode is largely due to the reactivity of the pure metal and how such an anode would expand and contract on charging and discharging – cracking, degrading and forming dendrites. These factors would cause such batteries to be impractical, unstable, not long lasting. The Stanford scientists have overcome the above problems using a carbon nanosphere wall to coat the lithium anode. This 20nm thick "flexible, uniform and non-reactive film… protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge,

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A Tentacled, Flexible Breakthrough

July 28, 2014 - via Research Center for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics

The octopus robot is more sophisticated than a standard robot covered in rubber. Its abundance of soft, elastic materials enables it to do things most other robots cannot — much as stiff-jointed humans cannot do what an octopus can, despite our soft skin and muscles.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

July 26, 2014 - via Associated Press

"To be sure, there is dispute about what can be seen in the 2010 expedition footage and the source of any man-made objects identified. And whether Defendants found the wreckage in 2010 is disputed," Skavdahl wrote. "However, there is no evidence in the record that, in fact, the Earhart wreckage lies on the ocean floor off of Nikumaroro and defendants knew, or should have known, that fact upon review of footage from (the expedition.)"

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