News Articles with Category: Applications

AUVs to pack-hunt for seabed ore bodies

September 18, 2016 - via ECA After demonstrating the feasibility of using AUVs equipped with magnetometers to locate sulphide deposits, the next step was to develop the concept of AUVs hunting in packs with a pair of specialist partners

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General Dynamics Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle During U.S. Navy Exercise

September 9, 2016 - via Bluefin Our successful ANTX demonstrations showed that unmanned vehicles can deliver capabilities across the undersea and air operating domains. This system of systems approach leverages Bluefin-21's larger payload delivery, longer endurance and superior navigation capabilities to deliver smaller payloads such as autonomous underwater vehicles or unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors, providing the Navy with additional mission capabilities

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On the cusp of an Undersea revolution: Shaping new ways to deal with the threat from mines

September 7, 2016 - via Second Line of Defense The U.S. Navy adopted the AUV because its experience in the 1991 Gulf War (Desert Storm) demonstrated that conventional minehunting could not possibly clear areas rapidly enough. Very shallow water was an even more difficult proposition, typically requiring divers.

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Real-life Terminator Robot to Seek Out and Eliminate GBR Scourge

September 15, 2015 - via Queensland University of Technology COTSbot was equipped with stereoscopic cameras to give it depth perception, five thrusters to maintain stability, GPS and pitch-and-roll sensors and a unique pneumatic injection arm to deliver a fatal dose of bile salts.

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US Navy submarine successfully launches and recovers underwater drone

August 1, 2015 - via US Navy The underwater drone was launched from a dry deck shelter – a removable module that can be attached to a submarine – which makes entering and exiting a sub easier when the boat is submerged.

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U.S. Submarine Launches Undersea Drone in a 1st for US Navy

July 20, 2015 - via US Navy The drone was launched from a shelter attached to the top of the Virginia class submarine that can also be used for the undersea deployment of divers and special forces.

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Aramco investigates AUVs for seismic acquisition

May 26, 2015 - via Aramco The company’s long-term goal is to cut its seismic acquisition costs by 50% and acquisition time by a factor of four, while improving subsurface image fidelity and accuracy.

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Navy Will Take 'Asymmetric' Approaches in Undersea Warfare

May 14, 2015 - via U S Navy The Navy is looking to use the 100-mile torpedoes in conjunction with unmanned aerial systems that are launched off the ship to do reconnaissance.

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Submarines: U.S. Navy Plans For China

April 12, 2015 - via The Strategy Page One tactic involves U.S. nuclear subs carrying a dozen or more torpedo sized UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicle) to be launched from torpedo tubes (and sometimes recovered for reuse as well) to perform electronic warfare (mostly jamming) and reconnaissance (electronic and the more conventional forms).

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This Duck Drone Could Spy on Enemy Subs

March 30, 2015 - via Naval Research Laboratory Under its Flimmer program (for “flying swimmer”), the NRL team built a “Test Sub” — basically a submarine with wings —and simply worked around the fact that it was heavier than the typical drone. They took it on at least three test runs, dropping it from a plane at 1,000 feet. The test sub flew well enough, according to Edwards’s account, performing “as any other aircraft, controllable in three axes and exhibiting sufficient stability for man-in-the-loop flight.” The team then guided it along the surface of the water at 40 knots (about 46 miles per hour) “before sending it beneath the waves where it performed like a regular UUV,” or unmanned underwater vehicle.

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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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Explore the ocean with Google's 360-degree seaview

October 30, 2014 - via Google Vevers' team is currently developing an autonomous underwater vehicle to be deployed by 2017 to cover even more of the ocean. "These AUVs can stick to a meter and a half above the seafloor and hover at one knot," he said. "They could cover 12 kilometers in a day, which would scale the project significantly."

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VIDEO: BG Group ‘FlatFish’ Project

October 24, 2014 - via BG Group It will reside subsea and be capable of undocking from a submerged docking station, carrying out an inspection mission and returning to base, all without human intervention

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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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Coast Guard Research and Development Center deploys Unmanned Surface Vehicle during Arctic exercise

August 23, 2014 - via US Coast Guard We deployed the Wave Glider to record data and monitor the movement of ice which would be useful information for responders during an oil spill in the ice, but the USV can be outfitted with cameras or other types of sensor payloads depending on its task

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Upclose Encounters with Great Whites

August 21, 2014 - via WHOI REMUS SharkCam is the first underwater robot capable of tracking and filming sharks and other marine animals up close in the wild. With six cameras total mounted on the vehicle, it recorded dramatic panoramic footage of large great white sharks attacking the underwater robot. (WHOI Oceanographic Systems Laboratory)

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Underwater Robot Tracks Endangered Sea Turtles

June 24, 2014 - via NOAA “This is the very first time that we used our AUVs to look for living creatures,” says Rob Downs, AUV project manager at NOAA's Office of Coastal Survey.

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Sonardyne to Participate in ETI’s North Sea CCS Programme

May 2, 2014 - via Sonardyne The Consortium will develop an integrated leak detection system that is capable of both wide area coverage by AUVs/ASVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles/Autonomous Surface vehicles) and continuous automated monitoring of high risk areas.

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Royal Navy’s MASTT Starts Minehunter Testing

April 16, 2014 - via Royal Navy The Maritime Autonomous System Trials Team (MASTT) is the small Portsmouth-based Royal Navy unit testing the new unmanned systems.

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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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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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DARPA moves forward with project to lay sea-based electronic ambushes for enemy naval forces

March 27, 2014 - via DARPA Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., this week released a formal solicitation (DARPA-BAA-14-27) for the second and third phases of the Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) project to hide sensors and other devices on the ocean floor that will last for as long as five years concealed at depths to 20,000 feet.

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Leak detection system extended to AUV inspections

November 12, 2013 - via Co.L.Mar This spring, the company completed the first ALD prototype for installation on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), with successful trials in a test pool and at sea.

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This Drone Can Fly, Swim, Drive, and Hop Its Way Through a Mission

November 11, 2013 - via Sandia Laboratory The “Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept” would travel land, sea, and air by transforming itself to accommodate different terrains. Its wings become fins as it dives into water, or underwater paddles that shed casings to reveal wheels as it moves toward land — wheels with the ability to jump 30 feet into the air.

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Plumbing The Depths Of Surveillance With Submersible Drones

November 2, 2013 - via Stars and Stripes The systems will lie on the deep ocean floor in special containers “for years at a time,” the statement said. Their capabilities could include networking, surveillance, disruption, deception, rescue, “or any other mission that benefits from being pre-distributed and hidden.”

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Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance (PLUS) System Completes Initial in-Water Testing

October 28, 2013 - via NAVSEA PMS-406 The PLUS system consists of an undersea network of “sea gliders” and long-endurance Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs). The UUVs perform as autonomous vessels with long underwater dwell times that carry highly capable sensors. The sea gliders are smaller autonomous vessels that collect the UUV data, and return to the surface to transmit that data to a shore-based collection and processing station.

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Whale of a difference: Researchers double depth at which technology can identify whale prey

September 27, 2013 - via University of Delaware The AUV can maneuver down to 600 meters, with the echosounder extending through the water another 600 meters for a total squid-detection capability of up to 1,200 meters—or three-quarters of a mile. Compared with sonar more commonly used in AUVs to map the seafloor, the echosounders in the researchers' new configuration are much more sensitive and can make out shapes as small as 4 centimeters long.

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Swimming with Sharks

September 10, 2013 - via Oceanus Magazine An underwater robot learns how to track great whites

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Vision-Enabled Robot Tracks Great Whites for Shark Week Special

August 9, 2013 - via WHOI Oceanographic Systems Laboratory Known as “Shark Cam,” the remote environmental monitoring unit (REMUS) uses an omnidirectional ultra-short baseline navigation system to determine the range, bearing, and depth of a tagged animal.

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The Shark Tracker – an Interview with Greg Skomal

August 6, 2013 - via New England Ocean Odyssey New shark tracker technology where robots (autonomous underwater vehicles- AUVs) follow sharks in our waters

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DARPA chooses Sparton to help develop hidden weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean

July 24, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics DARPA awarded a contract to Sparton last week for the first phase of the Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program, which seeks to pre-deploy sensors or non-lethal weapons on the ocean floor sometimes years in advance for surprise deployment among the nation's naval adversaries during times of war or international tension.

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DARPA considers unmanned submersible mothership designed to deploy UAVs and UUVs

July 23, 2013 - via DARPA TTO The Hydra program will develop and demonstrate an unmanned undersea system with a new kine of unmanned-vehicle delivery system that inserts UAVs and UUVs. stealthily into operational environments to respond quickly to situations around the world without putting U.S. military personnel at risk.

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DARPA Hydra Project Proposer's Day

July 16, 2013 - via FedBizOps The Hydra Proposer's Day will be held on August 5, 2013 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - Kossiakoff Center

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Fish-tracking robots take to the seas and skies off Portugal

July 16, 2013 - via MBARI The robotic vehicles used in this experiment include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and a Wave Glider from Liquid Robotics of Sunnyvale, California, which glides over the ocean surface.

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UF devices may change how storms are tracked

June 29, 2013 - via The Gainsville Sun The submarines are 6 inches by 7 inches and weigh 10.5 ounces. The devices can move in very violent places that aren't normally accessible, Mohseni said. The submarines contain downloaded programs that tell them where to move

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Great Lakes Research Center: One Year Old and Growing

June 4, 2013 - via an Technological University LRC is helping develop new techniques for pipeline inspection. The goal: to make pipelines and other types of underwater infrastructure such as electrical or phone cables and municipal water intakes safer.

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Raytheon, Applied Physical Sciences to develop Navy unmanned mine-hunting technology

June 2, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Navy researchers envision a 40-foot USV host craft that carries four lightweight unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) -- two to search for bottom mines, and two for volume search on or near the surface. The USV host craft also would carry as many as 24 expendable neutralizers, payload management, and data processing. Navy experts would extract raw data from the UUVs after each mission for processing aboard the USV and transmission to the LCS for further assessment.

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Oil Companies Race to the Bottom of the Sea

May 30, 2013 - via Business Week To build the integrated system the industry envisions, a network of remote monitoring sensors will be needed to transmit data and instructions between the surface and seafloor. Swimming robots, which are now tethered to ships on the surface, will monitor the equipment and perform maintenance, while a new offshore electrical grid will power the submarine operations.

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Sturgeon search

May 3, 2013 - via University of Delaware Scientists use satellites, underwater robot to study Atlantic sturgeon migrations

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The Trident submarine robot project gains autonomy and is successfully tested at sea

April 19, 2013 - via Asociación RUVID "Trident demonstrates the feasibility to attack the problem of intervention in the context of the search and retrieval of any object at an autonomous level regardless of this object.

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Fishy Underwater Drones To Keep Potential Threats In Check

April 17, 2013 - via Defense World Earlier this year, the U.S Navy said that it wants to pack aerial drones and other intelligence-gathering technology into special containers built to withstand deep ocean pressures and distribute them around the world’s seas. The containers will rise to the surface when called into service from a remote location.

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Coral-bots: teams of robots that repair coral reefs

April 15, 2013 - via Kickstarter Coral-bots are a team of robots that intelligently navigate across a damaged coral reef, transplanting pieces of healthy corals along the way.

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Robotic Sea Power: New Liquid Robotics Wave Glider Can Survey Ocean Floor, Monitor Fish Populations, Guard Borders

April 10, 2013 - via International Business Times The robot is an aquatic data center, able to collect, process and transmit the data while at sea.

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Using Technology To Help Save Marine Predators

April 9, 2013 - via Yale Environment 360 A Stanford University program places satellite tags on marine predators to understand their life cycles and perhaps help protect them as well.

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Boeing to make flying torpedoes able to attack enemy submarines from 30,000 feet

April 4, 2013 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics The HAAWC ALA turns the Raytheon Mark 54 torpedo into a glide weapon that the P-8A aircraft can release from high altitudes. As the flying torpedo reaches the water, it jettisons wings and other air-control surfaces and takes on its original role as a smart torpedo that detect, track, and attack enemy submarines autonomously.

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Sweden touts unmanned underwater vehicle

March 15, 2013 - via Swedish Defence Matériel Agency, FMV The AUV62 system was developed by FMV in partnership with the Swedish Defense Research agency and Saab. During submarine hunting exercise, AUVs could behave like a submarine, both by its sonar echo and its noise. When used as a target during anti-submarine warfare exercises, it transforms the ping the chasing sonars transmit so that they sound like when detecting a submarine. In addition, it can make noises like a submarine. In this way, the cost of training is reduced because crew training no longer requires a real submarine.

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PAMBuoy™ first deployment on Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

March 14, 2013 - via PAMBuoy Passive Acoustic Monitoring payload package deployed on the LR Waveglider

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Now Hear This-Abandon the Littorals... To Robots!

March 8, 2013 - via US Naval Institute Proceedings The solution is to design, procure, and utilize vessels that minimize the need for our men and women to enter highly contested littoral areas, and to deploy those unmanned vehicles from purpose-built mother ships that are part of an integrated blue-water task force.

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The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation tests Wave Glider technology for the first time in a NATO ASW exercise

February 22, 2013 - via CMRE An energy-efficient robotic vehicle debuts as a communications gateway of an experimental network developed by CMRE within the Proud Manta ‘13 framework

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Jellyfish blooms pulse cyclically through time

February 19, 2013 - via MBARI Haddock also hopes to secure funds to attach a SCPI camera onto one of MBARI's autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), to collect continuous records of jellies and other animals at various ocean depths.

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Robo-sharks: Robots used to track movement, behavior of sharks

October 4, 2012 - via KABC Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), or robots, are revolutionizing the science of sharks. Lowe is collaborating Dr. Chris Clark, a computer scientist at Harvey Mudd College, on a three-year shark tracking project.

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Swarming Underwater Coralbots Could Rebuild Our Destroyed Reefs

September 17, 2012 - via Fast Company Called "coralbots," the experimental machines being developed by Scotland’s Heriot-Watt Ocean Systems Lab are being designed to use swarm behavior inspired by bees to identify shattered reef fragments, and collectively rebuild these complex coral structures by cementing them in place.

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AUV Panel Announcement: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for Oil & Gas Applications

September 12, 2012 - via Subsea Survey IRM Autonomous underwater vehicles will take center stage in Galveston this November. TSC's Subsea Survey conference covers Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM). Vehicle manufacturers are all beginning to introduce IRM versions of their AUVs designed to perform tasks in deepwater subsea fields.

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JIEDDO Beginning To Look At Water-Borne Threats For Post-Afghanistan

August 31, 2012 - via Inside Defense The water-borne IED threat is also catching the attention of the Navy, and the Expeditionary Warfare Division in particular.

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JIEDDO Beginning To Look At Water-Borne Threats For Post-Afghanistan

August 31, 2012 - via Inside Defense The water-borne IED threat is also catching the attention of the Navy, and the Expeditionary Warfare Division in particular.

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Underwater robot to be used in predicting fish kills

August 30, 2012 - via The Philippine Star The project generally aims to use the underwater robot to foresee incidence of fish kill and help fisherfolk in saving their harvest.

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Underwater robots to 'repair' Scotland's coral reefs

August 28, 2012 - via BBC News Underwater robots tasked with saving coral reefs are being developed at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

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Robots to rescue coral reefs

August 22, 2012 - via Heriot-Watt University Researchers at Heriot-Watt are developing a swarm of intelligent robots to help save coral reefs.

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Liquid Robotics Wave Glider And Shark Net App To Help Track Pacific Great White Sharks

August 18, 2012 - via redOrbit Marine scientists in the US have deployed a surfing robot off the coast of San Francisco in order to help track tagged great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean, various media outlets reported Friday.

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Ecuadorian unmanned vehicles combat piracy

August 7, 2012 - via AUVSI The Ecuadorian Navy has been trying to develop its own autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to combat piracy for the past two years.

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Underwater Autonomous Vehicles Use Robots and Vision to Inspect Oil Pipelines

July 30, 2012 - via Petrobras The basic system concept of an autonomous underwater riser inspector (AURI) uses the riser as a guide. Designed by EngeMOVI of Brazil, the AURI was the first robot in the world to independently inspect oil pipeline platforms.

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ONR BAA 12-018 USV Payloads for Single Sortie Detect to Engage (SS-DTE) Mine Counter Measures

July 27, 2012 - via Office of Naval Research Enable the Navy to develop an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)-based system capable of conducting the three phases of mine hunting operations - mine detection/classification, identification, and neutralization - in a single sortie, to potentially be incorporated as part of a future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) MCM mission package.

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Cleaning Up The Seas With Drones

July 15, 2012 - via Yanko Designs The drone is basically an oversized pool net with a sensor fitted machine. It nets drifting plastic trash in a very innovative way. Several drones scout the seas for waste and use a special sensor to keep away fish and other aquatic animals.

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G-880AUV Integration with Teledyne Gavia AUV

July 6, 2012 - via Geometrics Weston Solutions, The University of Delaware and Geometrics recently participated in a project to install and operate a magnetometer in a Teledyne Gavia AUV to locate underwater UXOs.

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"De-Platformizing" the Counter-mine Mission

May 3, 2012 - via Second Line of Defense Or The Future of Maritime Robotics

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Microsubmarines may help clean up oil spills

May 3, 2012 - via American Chemical Society a group of scientists recently announced the results of their research into an oil droplet-gathering microsubmarines.

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Robots could swim in alien seas

April 24, 2012 - via Discovery News The robot, a 10-inch-wide, six-foot-long cylinder called VALKYRIE, would melt the ice ahead of it and leave the power plant on the surface.

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Cryobots Could Drill Into Icy Moons With Remote Fiber-Optic Laser Power

April 19, 2012 - via Wired Future extraterrestrial rovers may be powered remotely by high-energy laser beams shot through miles of thin fiber-optic cables. This new technology could allow robotic probes to penetrate thick layers of ice to explore Antarctic lakes or the subterranean oceans on icy moons like Europa or Enceladus, and even power a new kind of rocket into space.

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This robot could be your new shipmate

April 17, 2012 - via Military Times It’s a shoe-box-sized robot that clings to a ship’s hull with magnets, a device initially built to scout out the underwater mines divers could place along a ship’s hull. But now, designers are looking for additional uses that may assist sailors in more mundane tasks, like spotting corrosion along the hull or motoring into hard-to-reach places like tanks and voids.

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Robot Records Fish Farts

March 26, 2012 - via Science Researchers hoping to better understand fish distributions by recording the sounds they make have picked up something unusual: barely-audible, cricket-like noises they think could be nighttime fish farts.

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SAVEWATER – Integrated satellite-AUV services for sustainable water management

March 23, 2012 - via European Space Agency The Savewater Project conducts a feasibility study for integrated Satellite – AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) applications in the field of water management.

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DARPA STO BAA 12-28 Assured Arctic Awareness

March 16, 2012 - via DARPA STO The unique physical attributes and emergent environmental trends in the Arctic offer opportunities to tailor new technology that otherwise limits traditional approaches.

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An Ocean of Data: Looking for Sunken Treasure in a New Way

March 14, 2012 - via Popular Science Can Brendan Foley and an army of shipwreck-seeking robots transform maritime archaeology?

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AUV path planning for High-Resolution Localization of Marine Animals

March 14, 2012 - via Rutgers University The ability to monitor distribution and movement of mobile marine animals at the level of the individual is critical for understanding of population structure and habitat use.

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Underwater 'Seaview' lets you explore coral reef

February 23, 2012 - via New Scientist These comprise a shallow reef survey using a 360-degree camera on a motorised diver-pulling underwater "scooter", a deep reef survey ploughing the depths between 30 and 100 metres using robotic submarines, and a megafauna survey studying the migratory behaviour of tiger sharks, green turtles and manta rays as seawater temperatures increase.

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Exploring the inaccessible

February 17, 2012 - via Memorial University Memorial researchers are working to develop new technologies that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be used for resource exploration in difficult areas.

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SABERTOOTH CUTS TEETH IN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

February 16, 2012 - via Hibbard Inshore Hibbard Inshore, the Michigan based deep tunnel and underwater specialist is first to order the new Saab Seaeye Sabertooth hybrid long-range AUV/ROV.

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Student takes award for revealing submerged city's secrets

February 10, 2012 - via Sydney Morning Herald To assist archaeologists excavating the ancient ruin, the team have used an autonomous underwater vehicle with stereo cameras, as well as a diver-pushed rig, to produce photo-realistic 3D recreations of the seafloor site.

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Princeton Security Technologies Completes Radiation Sensor Testing on LDUUV With Boeing

January 25, 2012 - via Princeton Security Technologies Princeton Security Technologies Completes Radiation Sensor Testing on LDUUV With Boeing

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Underwater archaeology: Hunt for the ancient mariner

January 25, 2012 - via Nature Armed with high-tech methods, researchers are scouring the Aegean Sea for the world's oldest shipwrecks.

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Bycatch-22

January 5, 2012 - via UDaily University scientists aiding fishermen in butterfish conundrum

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Cal Poly team works on shark tracking project

November 27, 2011 - via Santa Maria Times The shark tracking project uses autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs, from Cal Poly to gather and send data to scientists

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Offshore, a robot sub is put through its paces

November 9, 2011 - via OC Register A retooled robot submarine that can map the depths for oil drilling, scan for radiation or even track whales and other sea life is being tested this week off Santa Catalina Island.

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Scientists improve autonomous underwater vehicles

November 7, 2011 - via MIT "The next frontier is going to be intervention," Chryssostomidis says. An AUV will examine, say, the footing of an oil platform or another piece of subsea equipment and then perform a task.

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Students Use Futuristic Technology to Dive Into the Past

November 7, 2011 - via Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS),College of William and Mary The project, funded by a 1-year grant from the National Science Foundation, will allow the students to pilot unmanned robotic submarines in an attempt to monitor the conservation status of shipwrecked vessels scuttled by Lord Cornwallis during the Battle of Yorktown in 1781—the last major battle of the American Revolution.

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The Navy Deploys An Underwater Roomba To Keep Its Fleet Shipshape

October 11, 2011 - via Fast Company The Hull Bug, inspired by hermit crabs, will swim alongside warships and keep their hulls sparkling clean.

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Documentary Brings World's Oldest Underwater City Back to Life

October 8, 2011 - via Science Daily Using an advanced stereo-mapping robot, developed by the Australian Centre of Field Robotics at Sydney University, the entire city was recorded to a resolution of a few centimetres. From tiny graves, to door steps, from the walls of huge buildings which line the ancient streets to the ancient artefacts that litter the seabed -- every item was recorded in high resolution 3D creating a resource that can be analysed and studied by other archaeologists for years to come.

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Cougars & Mustangs

August 31, 2011 - via New Times The group’s vehicle was equipped with something called a stereo-hydrophone system that figures out which direction a tagged shark lies based on how it receives acoustic signals. Students developed an algorithm that lets the machine estimate where the shark is in real time.

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Rutgers University Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) probe hurricane

August 27, 2011 - via Rutgers Hurricane Irene’s sweep of the mid-Atlantic coast could help scientists learn a lot about the complex interplay of atmospheric and ocean weather, and Rutgers University researchers are using robot submarines, beachfront radar stations and sensors in space to get at those secrets.

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DIY Drones Will Be the Next Threat to Port Security

August 17, 2011 - via Security Management Insufficient attention has been paid to the potential for attacks by similar unmanned systems that could be built cheaply to easily penetrate port defenses.

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Mini submarine testing Utah water in mercury cleanup experiment

August 11, 2011 - via KSL It's part of an experiment aimed at getting toxic mercury out of the water.

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Carbon Flux Explorers to trace the ocean’s carbon cycle

August 1, 2011 - via Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Carbon Explorer floats follow ocean currents, yo-yoing back and forth in the first kilometer below the surface of the sea, then resurfacing to report their data and receive new instructions via satellite. Since the early 2000s a dozen Carbon Explorers have produced detailed information on the carbon cycle in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Ocean

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Inside the innards of a nuclear reactor

July 21, 2011 - via MIT A spherical robot equipped with a camera may navigate underground pipes of a nuclear reactor by propelling itself with an internal network of valves and pumps.

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What's That Swimming in the Water Supply?; Robot Sub Inspects 45 Miles of a Leaky New York Aqueduct

June 7, 2003 - via New York Times Working with ASI Group, a tunnel-inspection company from St. Catharines, Ontario, the Woods Hole engineers devised a specialized device for the project and the means to get it down narrow shafts, one of which was 1,000 feet deep, and up again.

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