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Electric Boats, Small Submarines and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) 2014-2024

September 17, 2014 - via Reportlinker

The many interviews and investigations carried out in the preparation of the report have revealed a market that is larger and growing faster than is popularly assumed, though some incumbents miss what is happening with new entrants and in other parts of the world.

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MBARI’s Chemical Sensors for SOCCOM Program

September 16, 2014 - via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

SOCCOM researchers plan to deploy approximately 200 profiling floats in the Southern Ocean over the next six years.

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Robotic hand works undersea

September 15, 2014 - via German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Built-in sensors track changes in pressure, texture and movement as the hand explores an object. Software uses the sensor readings to create a digital map of the object and make an educated guess about what it might be.

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New High-performance Supercapacitor Developed in California

September 11, 2014 - via University of California Riverside

The UCR scientists developed a new three-dimensional carbon nanotube porous foam. The large nanoscale pores on the foam’s surface ease the infiltration of electrolyte, while also allowing them to store energy much more densely than in other supercapacitor designs. The foam is made by depositing graphene and carbon nanotubes over a nickel substrate via chemical vapor, followed by a successive deposition of nanoparticles of hydrous ruthenium oxide (RuO2).

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Ship from lost Franklin expedition found

September 9, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

A remotely operated underwater vehicle searching the Victoria Strait made the discovery on Sunday. It’s one of two ships that belonged to Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition, though researchers aren’t sure yet whether it’s HMS Terror or HMS Erebus.

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High-tech sleuthing key to hunt for ships in Arctic

September 9, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

It took an arsenal of electronic devices to hunt down the Franklin expedition shipwreck.

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Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken

September 8, 2014 - via NASA GRC

The mission concept we propose to study will investigate a full spectrum of oceanographic phenomena: chemical composition of the liquid, surface and subsurface currents, mixing and layering in the “water” column, tides, wind and waves, bathymetry, and bottom features and composition. Measurements of all these aspects of Titan’s hydrocarbon ocean environment can only be made through focused in situ exploration with a well-instrumented craft.

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The science of ice forensics in the Arctic Franklin search

September 7, 2014 - via Franklin Expedition

The underwater archeologists see it as a masterful combination of modern technology with historic accounts from Inuit people who described encounters with the Franklin expedition and at least one ghost ship, drifting south on an ice floe. “The important point is that ice information on its own is not sufficient to locate the vessels, but neither is the historical evidence,” Zagon says now. “Combining the two starts to provide some clarity.”

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Sailors to pilot 27-foot drone for training

September 6, 2014 - via NUWC Keyport

Sailors assigned to Submarine Development Squadron 5 prepare Large Training Vehicle 38, an unmanned undersea vehicle at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Wash. The drone is capable of line-of-sight and over-the-horizon communications in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

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NOC Takes Part in Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

September 5, 2014 - via National Oceanography Centre

Very small in size, it is based on a microfluidic design, which requires very small volumes of seawater to generate a reading. It is also being designed as an autonomous system able to operate on a number of oceanographic platforms and down to depths of several thousand metres.

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SeaExplorer: bags of potential

September 4, 2014 - via ACSA

ACSA’s record-breaking glider confirms potential for scientific, commercial and military applications

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Ellipse Series, a Brand New Family of Miniature Inertial Sensors: More Accurate & Robust for the Same Budget

September 3, 2014 - via AUVAC Sponsor

Rueil-Malmaison, France, September 2nd 2014 - SBG Systems releases the Ellipse Series, a brand new product range of miniature inertial systems replacing the IG-500 Series. For the same budget, customers benefits from higher accuracy, advanced filtering and features inspired from high end inertial navigation systems.

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The Hunt for Franklin

September 2, 2014 - via International Submarine Engineering

Data collected by the AUV during the expedition will be scientifically valuable to the oceanographic community.
 They’re getting double return on their investment. They’re getting a really solid data set for science as well as trying to identify where Franklin’s boats are.

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UTEC Survey completes infield AUV inspection

August 28, 2014 - via UTEC Survey

For the first time UTEC operated two AUVs on a ‘back-to-back’ basis – when one system returned from a mission, the next one was ready to go immediately. In some cases the operational up-time in a given day was improved by as much as 40 per cent through the ‘back-to-back’ use of the AUVs.

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Keys to Securing the Right Resources Before You Dive In

August 28, 2014 - via Bluefin Robotics

In this 60-minute online session, experts will provide valuable insight on how to avoid pitfalls and stumbling blocks byaddressing key factors early in the process. Bluefin will share practical advice on shipboard concerns, crew and operations personnel requirements, maintenance expectations, and data management.

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Defence scientists in Arctic conduct sonar and robotic experiments

August 28, 2014 - via Defence Research and Development Canada

Scientists from Defence Research and Development Canada have been in the Arctic conducting various experiments. They are assessing and the impact that low water temperatures have on the performance of various types of imaging sonars

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Coast Guard deploys Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Arctic science mission

August 28, 2014 - via US Coast Guard


For this year’s exercise, the Coast Guard and University of Cambridge deployed a Gavia Scientific AUV equipped with side scan sonar and obstacle avoidance radar. This allowed the device to map underneath ice ridges and provide underwater imagery which will help researchers to better understand the topography of ice floes.

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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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On the hunt for Franklin’s ships

August 27, 2014 - via Kraken Sonar Systems

These ships are 150 years old and were built with wooden hulls, with a bit of metal plating; plus, they were trapped in the ice and likely crushed, so we are looking for small pieces, not anything that is going to resemble an actual ship,”

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