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The World of 2020 According to DARPA

March 26, 2015 - via DARPA

The Upward Falling Payloads program seeks to put robot pods on the ocean floor and then allowing them to lie in wait for years until, triggered by either an event or a command, they wake from their deathly sleep and rise to the surface to release their payloads.

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Data gathering expedition using coordinated groups of underwater robotics

March 18, 2015 - via Australian Centre for Field Robotics

"We believe this is a big step in pushing oceanographic technology forward," said chief engineer, Dr. Pizarro. The work will bring engineers closer to being able to leave groups of robotic vehicles unattended for long stretches of time to accomplish tasks like detailed seafloor mapping and chemical analyses across wide areas.

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Arctic surveillance is the result of East-West political tensions in the polar regions

March 17, 2015 - via Military and Areospace Electronics

Research efforts by the U.S., Canada, Norway, and others are developing networks of unmanned persistent-surveillance sensors that will bring unprecedented traffic-monitoring capabilities to the arctic region, which is increasing in importance because of growing military, transportation, and energy interests.

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Robotic fish designed to protect real ones from pollution

March 17, 2015 - via Korea Institute of Industrial Technology

Ultimately, the team envisages a school of robotic trout swimming around farm enclosures, working together to test for toxic chemicals and other harmful substances in multiple locations, as well as monitoring for changes in water temperature.

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Innovate UK Boosts Marine Autonomous Systems Growth

March 17, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre

Starting later this year the projects will see NOC working closely with businesses to develop a low cost robot sub, a pressure tolerant rechargeable battery and an integrated, low cost, shore based technique for surveying the full water column.

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Kraken Gets Funds for Seabed Mapping Development

March 17, 2015 - via Kraken

The funding is being used to develop a real-time, ultra high resolution seabed mapping system that is based on Kraken’s Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (INSAS) technology, real-time SAS signal processing algorithms and coupled with an onboard version of advanced 3D seabed visualization software.

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VIMS develops underwater robot to assist in oil-spill cleanup

March 16, 2015 - via Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Team gauges the thickness of a slick by emitting sound waves from below—waves that reflect off the density boundaries between water and oil, oil and air, or oil and ice. Measuring the slight delay between the reception of these reflected echoes allows the vehicle’s software to gauge the thickness of surface and below-ice oil slicks at very fine resolution

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Massive underwater volcano spewing pumice on Australian and New Zealand beaches

March 13, 2015 - via University of Tasmania

Sentry can take digital photographs of deep-sea terrain and is equipped with sonars. With Jason, the scientists will have access to the seafloor while remaining on the ship. It will gather samples of marine life, sediment and rock, and transmit images and video.

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Bluefin Robotics Underwater Robot Helps Locate Historic Sunken Japanese Battleship Musashi

March 12, 2015 - via Bluefin Robotics

Located by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen aided by advanced undersea technology

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Modern Tech for a Cold Case

March 12, 2015 - via Seabotix

George Nikita’s plane with four passengers crashed in a blizzard over Lake Champlain in 1971. It took 43 years and a collaboration of modern technology to help solve the mystery.

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Sabertooth AUV Goes 4D in Lake Vättern

March 11, 2015 - via Saab Seaeye

For the demonstration the Sabertooth was equipped with a high-end sensor suite including side scan sonar, sub bottom profilers, high frequency imaging sonar, multibeam echo sounder and cameras, along with GPS, DVL and inertial measurement unit (IMU) supporting the navigation. Processing of the trajectory data was achieved with an algorithm developed by Saab Dynamics.

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Research voyage helps answer questions on benefits to marine life in waters where fishing has been excluded

March 11, 2015 - via Australian Centre for Field Robotics

“The AUV has supplied us with highly-detailed imagery of the rocky reefs and sediments, together with an assessment of the benthic marine animals that live in these deep offshore systems,” he said. “This provides our first detailed look at the shelf fauna of the Marine Reserve and cool temperate region, as well as the habitat and biological assemblages that support our important coastal fisheries, such as rock lobster."

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Ocean glider helps keep an eye on marine life

March 11, 2015 - via Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station

Scientists are using the Wave Glider, along with a network of stationary buoys, to detect when tagged animals get within range of acoustic receivers.

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Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from Lockheed Martin to be upgraded for countermine warfare

March 11, 2015 - via Lockheed Martin

These upgrades to the RMMV involve reliability improvements and modifications for integrating the unmanned mine hunter onto the Littoral Combat Ship and that ship's countermine warfare mission package. Lockheed Martin previously made upgrades to the RMMV to enable the unmanned vessel to perform coastal defense, or intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR).

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Underwater research device worth $200k found after two years missing off WA coast

March 10, 2015 - via Schmidt Ocean Institute

A team from UWA, together with researchers from the Western Australian Museum, CSIRO and the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy, found the device near the end of a 12-day expedition surveying the undersea canyon using a remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time.

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Cyber Subs: A Decisive Edge For High-Tech War?

March 10, 2015 - via U S Navy

What the admiral is hinting at is using submarines to launch unmanned systems. These could be as simple as a communications buoy that rises to the surface, waits a set time, and transmits. They could be expendable drones, launched from a submarine’s missile tubes the same way as a Tomahawk. They could be complex mini-subs in themselves, known as large diameter underwater unmanned vehicles (LDUUVs), that can launch from a manned sub to conduct a long-range mission. They could even be large payload modules that are towed behind a submarine until, at a strategic point, it releases them to settle to the sea floor and await the signal to unleash their payload of UUVs, drones or missiles.

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New AUV facility to help drive the robotic age of Antarctic exploration

March 10, 2015 - via Australian Maritime College

“There are four main areas of research in the Antarctic Gateway Partnership – ice shelf cavities, marine biology, solid earth and marine technologies. We’ll be leading the marine technologies theme and developing a new AUV that can go underneath ice cavities, sample the biology and provide feedback for all the other themes.”

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How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship

March 9, 2015 - via National Geographic

High-tech tools, including an undersea "mountain goat," and years of research led to the discovery of the WWII-era Musashi in the Pacific.

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Petrobras inks Libra AUV contract

March 9, 2015 - via DeepOcean

The Libra field is 2000m water depth in the Santos Basin, about 230km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Surveys will be performed with a 3000m-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The AUV is capable of delivering high resolution high quality HISAS bathymetry and side scan sonar data for Sub Bottom Profiling (SBP) at high speeds.

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The fate of MH370 is still a mystery, but search has discovered many underwater secrets

March 7, 2015 - via Joint Agency Coordination Centre

Fugro's project director Paul Kennedy said the second, more detailed phase of search used side scanners mounted on an autonomous submarine and small underwater vehicles towed about 100 metres above the seafloor. Since November they have mapped about 40 per cent of the 30,000 square kilometre priority search area. "The autonomous vehicle is searching inside a volcano at the moment,"

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