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Underwater Drones Join Microphones to Listen for Chinese Nuclear Submarines

October 24, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research

“The idea behind Seaweb,” says Rear Adm. Philip Sawyer, commander of U.S. submarine forces in the Pacific, is “to network various nodes through the undersea environment and be able to tap that data and bring it where you want, whether it’s Singapore or San Diego.”

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CNO Greenert Bullish on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

October 23, 2014 - via US Navy

Greenert said that by the end of the decade, the Navy ought to be deploying an autonomous large-diameter underwater-unmanned vehicle on missions.

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BMT, MSubs Collaborate on Maritime UxVs Sea Range

October 20, 2014 - via BMT Group

Currently there is no readily available UK or EU based facility capable of enabling command, control and tracking of multiple unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicles in an environment where oceanographic and meteorological data can be monitored and recorded concurrently with the test.

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IAMC in Need for AUV

October 19, 2014 - via Italian Institute for coastal marine environment

The procured AUV should be capable of operating in a depth up to 1,000 meters, acquiring oceanographic data and geophysical surveys with a range of at least 8 hours.

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As Bermuda braces for Gonzalo, underwater glider studies hurricane impact

October 17, 2014 - via Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

The hope is that by gathering a series of measurements over the 10 hours that hurricane-force winds are expected affect the area, Anna's perspective from underneath the water will yield additional insights into the interplay between the ocean and the storm.

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Hibbard in Flooded Tunnel Inspection with Sabertooth AUV/ROV

October 17, 2014 - via Hibbard Inshore

The Sabertooth was fitted with a combination of multi-beam systems and cameras to provide 3D profiling of the tunnel, along with a record of the tunnel wall status and HD video examination of areas of concern.

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Export Control Reform Update: 2014 and Beyond

October 15, 2014 - via Baker Donelson

Keep in mind that relaxed controls doesn’t mean that your licensing responsibilities will either remain the same or disappear altogether. They may require the implementation of a different procedure altogether.

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NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

October 13, 2014 - via Nanyang Technology University (NTU)

The next generation lithium-ion batteries can charge up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years. The researchers hope to see the batteries hit the market within the next two years.

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Submarines: Very Special Robots

October 11, 2014 - via The Strategy Page

Bluefin 21s can be quickly flown to any part of the world and put to work from just about any ship with a crane (to out Bluefin into the water and take it out again for battery recharging, data transfer and any needed maintenance). A Bluefin can map about 90 square kilometers of seabed a day and the search area could ultimately grow to include over 600,000 square kilometers but for the moment the search is concentrated on 600 square kilometers of ocean bottom.

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Call for Papers:OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Genova

October 10, 2014 - via IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

Extended Abstracts must be submitted on-line within the December 5 deadline

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OceanServer Awarded AUV Contract with US Naval Undersea Warfare Center for Iver3 with Rowe Technologies, Inc. DVL

October 9, 2014 - via OceanServer

This system will include several Iver3 options just released including the Rowe Technologies, Inc. (RTI) SeaPILOT 600 kHz Doppler Velocity Log with ADCP.

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Monitoring Carbon Movement

October 9, 2014 - via University of Maine

Researcher uses fleet of Bio-optical Argo floats to measure marine snow.

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Hydroid Celebrates Grand Opening of New, Eco-Friendly Manufacturing/Research Facility on Cape Cod

October 6, 2014 - via Hydroid

40,000 square-feet and houses the company’s engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance operations. The building includes a 20-foot testing pool, a 6,000 meter rated hyperbaric test chamber

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Call for Papers: International Symposium on Underwater Technology 2015

October 6, 2014 - via National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India

Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 15, 2014

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DARPA awards phase four DASH programme contract to Leidos

October 6, 2014 - via DARPA

TRAPS is a fixed passive-sonar node designed to achieve large-area coverage by exploiting advantages of operating from the deep seafloor, and is claimed to offer major benefits to the navy's distributed network system forward-deployed acoustic surveillance mission.

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DoD Kicks Off Fiscal Year With Streamlined Export Rules

October 5, 2014 - via US Department of Defense

The Pentagon office in charge of leading the way in sales of US defense equipment to foreign governments unveiled a new strategy document on Oct. 1 aimed at making the foreign military sales (FMS) process more responsive to allied nations’ needs by creating teams that will work closely with regional partners.

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Inside the Navy’s Secret Swarm Robot Experiment

October 5, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research

Messages are relayed and the small escort boats begin moving. Detecting the enemy vessel with radar and infrared sensors, they perform a series of maneuvers to encircle the craft, coming close enough to the boat to engage it and near enough to one another to seal off any potential escape or access to the ship they are guarding.

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Canada Confirms ‘HMS Erebus’ as Found Shipwreck

October 3, 2014 - via Parks Canada

The confirmation was made by Parks Canada underwater archeologists, following a meticulous review of data and artifacts observed from the Arctic Ocean’s seabed and using high-resolution photography, high-definition video and multi-beam sonar measurements.

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NATO Fishes for Data with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

October 2, 2014 - via Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

Researchers intend to collect data that will advance the state-of-the-art in the area of seabed mapping using autonomous vehicles, mainly for mine countermeasures applications. The use of robots removes the need for navy personnel to operate in a potentially dangerous area such as a minefield. Improved capabilities in seabed mapping also can lead to positive advancements in other fields such as support for environmental and archeological surveys.

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euRathlon 2014 Sea competition recap: Day 1 and 2

October 2, 2014 - via Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

euRathlon is an outdoor robotics competition focused on realistic emergency-response scenarios inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. After a successful land-based competition in 2013, a marine-based competition takes place this year in La Spezia, Italy (29 Sept – 3 Oct).

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