News Articles with Category: LDUUV

Sea Floor May Be Terrain for Future Warfare

November 9, 2016 - via Seapower Forecasting the increasing use of the sea floor for sensors, AUV energy charging stations and possibly more sophisticated weaponization.

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Navy Lays Out Large UUV Development Plans

October 27, 2016 - via US Navy The XLUUV will “shift to full and open competition” with up to five companies expected to submit proposals, Girrier said. The responses for information are being received, he said, and the Navy expects to select two proposals in fiscal 2017.

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Navy Nears Competition For Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

October 26, 2016 - via Defense Daily The Navy is taking an accelerated approach with industry to leverage existing unmanned undersea vehicle designs that can be modified to rapidly bring additional capabilities to the undersea domain

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Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on the Future of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems

October 12, 2016 - via USNI The charge to me was be the champion for unmanned systems, and show how they bring value, and then work on integrating them into the force, the fleet

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Underwater Robots: Will the Pentagon Miss the Boat?

September 27, 2016 - via National Defense The Defense Department has made significant investments in underwater vehicle designs and prototypes but has not funded advanced development in the “middle area” where vehicles would be produced in larger numbers for testing and experimentation.

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LDUUV News and Analysis

September 15, 2016 - via Multiple US Navy LDUUV, XLUUV activity

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Underwater Vehicle Program Achieves Acquisition Milestone

September 3, 2015 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems An industry day is scheduled for Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C., at which the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office will host a presentation and discussion for the industry community on LDUUV requirements.

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BOEING’S NEW AUTONOMOUS SUB CAN DIVE TO 20,000 FEET DEEP

August 7, 2015 - via Boeing The Seeker’s larger size allows it to run for twice as long and go twice as far as its predecessor. Boeing’s used the extra interior cargo space—170 cubic feet, compared to 25 in the Ranger—to increase payload capacity, and packed it with enough silver-zinc batteries to keep it running for days on end. At a typical speed of 3.5 mph, it’s got enough life to travel 265 miles without recharging. And it fits inside a standard 40-foot shipping container— important for moving it quickly and safely around the world.

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Navy leaders: Future rides on unmanned systems

August 5, 2015 - via US Navy Science and technology development are key to minimizing critical gaps for future naval operations, specifically in the unmanned domain.

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Boeing's yellow submarine: The new vessel, built in Huntington Beach, can dive down to 20,000 feet

July 28, 2015 - via Boeing Boeing’s latest and largest submersible is a follow-up to its 2001 Echo Ranger, the smaller, original yellow submarine that conducts ocean surveys. The 32-foot-long Echo Seeker has a 6,000 pound cargo capacity and is equipped with sonar technology for enhanced ocean-bottom mapping.

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Unmanned and autonomous – deep in the ocean and swarming in the air

April 16, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled some of the most advanced unmanned and autonomous systems developed today, that could introduce new concepts of warfare in the years to come. the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle-Innovative Naval Prototype (LDUUV-INP), swarms of mini-drones, laser weapons designed to shoot such drones out of the sky, or ghost ships that can loiter at sea for months, are only few of the promising capabilities the Navy is planning for future operations.

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ONR: Large underwater drone set for 2016 West Coast cruise

April 16, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research The Navy has a grandiose vision for the LDUUV. According to recent requirements documents posted on the federal contracting database FedBizOps, the Navy ultimately wants to use the LDUUV for a range of missions from underwater reconnaissance and mine countermeasures to launching aerial drones for surface reconnaissance. The LDUUV is being designed to launch from a Virginia-class submarine's torpedo tube, a littoral combat ship or a dry dock shelter, according to the requirements.

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Navy to Deploy First Underwater Drones from Submarines

April 13, 2015 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems The Remus 600s will launch from a 11-meter long module on the Virginia-class submarines called the dry deck shelter which can launch divers and UUVs while submerged.

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LDUUV-INP, Swarming UAVs on display at Sea-Air-Space

April 10, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research Naval leaders at the expo will address the significant science and technology advancements that have taken place under the LDUUV-INP program, including leap-ahead capabilities in UUV endurance, power and autonomy.

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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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Undersea Technologies Are Threat, Opportunity

January 23, 2015 - via Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) "UUVs could take over some submarine missions such as close-in surveillance," Clark said. "Submarines could shift to more of a carrier mothership role, deploying UUVs." The vehicles could be armed, he suggested, with new lightweight anti-torpedo torpedoes, and would also be able to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance missions closer to shore.

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Next Generation American and Russian Submarines will have underwater drones and robots that will act as improved decoys

January 7, 2015 - via Office of Naval Research The goal is to “…acquire, deliver, and maintain operationally effective Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) as fully functional and integrated systems for the war fighter, and to direct UMS experimentation and technology maturation to develop future UMS capability.”

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Navy Refines Draft Requirements for Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

December 1, 2014 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems The Increment 1 LDUUV will have mission capabilities to include Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment and below-water Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance to improve battlespace awareness.

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ONR LDUUV Contractors

November 18, 2014 - via ONR Compilation of Contractors working on ONR LDUUV contracts

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ONR Industry Day: Anti‐Submarine Warfare Mission Package (ASWMP) Leap Ahead Project

November 13, 2014 - via Office of Naval Research The research will develop ASW technologies and build a working mission package for a LDUUV; integrate the mission package into a pre‐selected surrogate LDUUV; and demonstrate the resulting ASWMP during at‐sea tests with relevant targets and in a relevant operating environment.

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Navy Plans To Issue Draft RFP For Large Displacement UUV Next Summer

November 7, 2014 - via InsideDefense.com Final RFP by end of fiscal year

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Navy Official: Energy Issues ‘Drive Everything about UUVs’

November 6, 2014 - via US Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems Hornbach emphasized the need for safe, reliable, and powerful systems to power the service’s UUVs. Citing the extensive use of lithium-ion batteries on UUVs, he said, “Safety associated with that is not where in needs to be.”

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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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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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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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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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Concerned On UUV Time Line Authorizers Support Separate SSBN(X) Fund, Support UUV Development

June 6, 2014 - via Inside Defense The committee is "concerned" the Navy may not be able to develop the necessary capabilities to achieve its goal of deploying the "large-displacement" UUV squadron on independent missions by 2020.

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Office of Naval Research selects UTC Aerospace Systems to continue development of a UUV energy-dense PES propulsion system

May 14, 2014 - via United Technologies Corp Major features include a qualified fuel cell stack design, simple balance of plant and dense reactant storage.

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Pentagon boosting its push for underwater drones

March 14, 2014 - via USA Today The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is stepping up its research on several programs, including doubling its planned spending on the Hydra program, an underwater "truck" that would carry unmanned submarines and aerial drones.

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LDUUV Industry Day Oct 16

September 10, 2013 - via NAVSEA PMS-406 Industry Information Day will be held on October 16, 2013 and is planned to be an all-day event focused on the LDUUV System projected technical requirements, current assessment of technology maturity, and expected program details. This Industry Information Day will be an information exchange with industry led by the Program Manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS 406) within the Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ship (PEO LCS) organization.

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Bigger Brains, Better Batteries Will Enable New Missions For Robotic Submarines

September 1, 2013 - via National Defense The Navy hopes to field UUVs that can deploy or retrieve payloads, gather, transmit, or act on information and engage targets in the water or on land.

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DARPA releases BAA for unmanned submersible mothership able to launch UAVs and UUVs

August 27, 2013 - via DARPA STO The Hydra large UUV is to use modular payloads inside a standardized enclosure to deploy a mix of UAVs and UUVs, depending on the military situation. Hydra will integrate existing and emerging technologies in new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of payloads close to where they’re needed.

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Metron Get Navy R&D LDUUV Contract

May 21, 2013 - via Metron Metron is being awarded a contract to include in-lab integration and testing of autonomy and mission planning software with bench test hardware selected for deployment on the LDUUV.

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Murky Waters: Seagoing Drones Swim Into New Legal and Ethical Territory

April 9, 2013 - via Defense News Water-going robots bring unforeseen challenges — technological ones, to be sure, but also legal, regulatory and ethical tangles. Drones that fly or crawl on the ground are controlled by radio waves, but it is difficult — often impossible — to communicate with underwater vehicles. The answer, it seems, is autonomy — robots that are not remotely piloted, but that operate on their own.

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Fossil Energy-Developed Fuel Cell Technology Being Adapted by Navy for Advanced Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

January 31, 2013 - via U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory The Office of Naval Research has selected several SOFC projects that have the potential to exceed the limits of current and future high-energy-density batteries.

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LDUUV May Become Acquisition Model For Future Navy Programs

January 18, 2013 - via Inside Defense ONR is developing LDUUV prototypes right now and is using the office's funding to make tweaks. In 18 months when prototypes five and six are built, Klunder said they should be able to enter the fleet.

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Navy’s Top Geek Says Laser Arsenal Is Just Two Years Away

October 22, 2012 - via Wired Never mind looming defense cuts or residual technical challenges. The Navy’s chief futurist is pushing up the anticipated date for when sailors can expect to use laser weapons on the decks of their ships, and raising expectations for robotic submarines.

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Autonomous Sea Platforms Emerge At Euronaval

October 15, 2012 - via Aviation Week In the AUV world, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is pressing forward with work on the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV).

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With Proteus, Bluefin Robotics dives deep for new business

September 25, 2012 - via The Patriot Ledger The Proteus can carry unmanned cargo or up to 7 people at distances up to 500 miles underwater.

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Beastly Drone Sub May Test Next-Gen Undersea Sensors

September 18, 2012 - via Wired Manufacturers Bluefin Robotics, a Battelle subsidiary, and the Columbia Group brought it to the Gulf of Mexico off of the Florida coast to put it through sea trials

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Navy Conducting Two AOAs For LDUUV's Offensive Mining System

September 14, 2012 - via Inside Defense Results due in February

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Navy adds Fuelcell Energy and Sierra Lobo to researchers investigating long-endurance UUV propulsion

August 7, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics The company will develop a cryogenic fuel cell-powered undersea vehicle energy system. Sierra Lobo specializes in advanced cryogenic reactant storage system technology to power UUVs.

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Hamilton Sundstrand joins list of companies developing propulsion for long-endurance surveillance UUVs

August 5, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics Hamilton Sundstrand researchers will concentrate on demonstrating energy-dense proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)-based air-independent propulsion for a future generation of large, long-endurance surveillance UUVs.

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Long-endurance unmanned submarine development heats up with propulsion contract to General Atomics

August 3, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics ONR has awarded General Atomics a potential $20 million contract to develop energy section technology for the Navy's Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototype (LDUUV INP) program.

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Office Of Naval Research Looks To Industry For LDUUV Energy Solution

August 3, 2012 - via Inside the Navy An analysis of alternatives is ongoing for the LDUUV, as the Navy seeks to field a UUV that can handle bigger payloads while trying to solve the problem of how to power the vehicle in the most efficient way.

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FuelCell Energy Awarded $3.8 Million Contract by U.S. Navy to Develop Power System for Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

July 26, 2012 - via Global Newswire The SOFC fuel cell stack is based on the technology developed by Versa Power Systems, an SOFC developer that is partially owned by FuelCell Energy. Other team partners include the Energy Systems Division of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Yardney Technical Products, Inc., Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

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LDUUV Contract Award to General Atomics

July 20, 2012 - via Fed Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototype(LDUUV INP Energy Section Technology Base IDIQ Contract

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MOAA software goes GOSS

July 16, 2012 - via Fierce Government The Navy says it will release software developed for the autonomous control of underwater vehicles to industry as government open source.

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Announcement of Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) Industry Day and software availability.

July 11, 2012 - via FedBizOps To help inform the potential US DoD Contractor MOAA user base, the Navy plans to hold a MOAA Industry Day at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, 20723 on 14 Sept 2012.

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Announcement of Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) Industry Day and software availability.

July 11, 2012 - via FedBizOps To help inform the potential US DoD Contractor MOAA user base, the Navy plans to hold a MOAA Industry Day at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD, 20723 on 14 Sept 2012.

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Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) research pulls into the fast lane, led by ONR contracts

June 4, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics There's suddenly a lot of exciting work going on in unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs for short. One of the most influential research organizations pushing UUV technology forward is the Office of Naval Research, or ONR, in Arlington, Va.

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Lynntech to develop prototype propulsion and power system for future long-endurance unmanned underwater vehicles

May 30, 2012 - via Military and Aerospace Electronics The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are asking engineers at Lynntech Inc. in College Station, Texas, to develop a prototype propulsion and power system for a future long-endurance UUV under terms of an $18 million contract awarded earlier this month.

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Office Of Naval Research Aims For LDUUV Contract Awards In Six Months

May 18, 2012 - via Inside the Navy There are three major challenges when it comes to the LDUUV. The first is energy density so that the vehicle can achieve that 30- or 60-day endurance. Autonomy is another hurdle -- the vehicle must operate and know what it may face in the ocean. The third challenge is reliability because there will not be a sailor to repair the vehicle, Deitz stated.

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LDUUV Contract award to Charles River Analytics

April 26, 2012 - via FedBizOps CRA will extend current work to minimize the energy needed in order to maximize the endurance and support the ONR energy plan.

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ONR intends to award a $5.9M LDUUV Autonomy Test System as a Sole Source to Hydroid

April 23, 2012 - via FedBizOps The prospective contractor shall develop an autonomy testing system that allows autonomy development on land based simulators to in water testing on UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle) in a realistic environment.

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Large Displacement UUV Steaming Ahead

April 12, 2012 - via Aviation Week The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research plans to take robot submarines to a new level. Current Navy unmanned underwater systems (UUS) are small vehicles controlled by an operator nearby, for missions lasting a few hours. The Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) will be large and highly autonomous, carrying out missions at long distances for months.

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Navy Chief: Robotic Subs Might Span Oceans. (Someday.)

March 19, 2012 - via Wired It’s been the Navy’s dream for years: undersea drones that can swim entire oceans. But it’s been thwarted by science’s inability to build propulsion and fuel systems for a journey of that length.

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US Navy says Autonomy is Key to Underwater Vehicles

February 13, 2012 - via Unmanned Systems Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., put autonomy on the short list for historic naval achievements.

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LDUUV Milestone A in FY-13

February 10, 2012 - via InsideDefense.com The Navy intends to release a request for proposals for a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle in fiscal year 2014, a Navy official said.

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U.S. military plans to be completed in 2014 large-scale unmanned submarine

February 1, 2012 - via Military of China U.S. want to build large-scale unmanned submarine

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AFCEA West 2012: Boeing readies Echo Ranger test bed

January 25, 2012 - via UVOnline Boeing is preparing to conduct sonar payload testing in March using its Echo Ranger UUV test bed

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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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Water Drones

January 9, 2012 - via Defense News In this case, the grail is an unmanned submarine smart enough to sense and avoid obstructions, powerful enough to stay out on months-long missions without detection, and cool enough to keep computers from overheating. Those are among the challenges facing the companies and universities vying to provide ideas to the U.S. Navy about how to power and autonomously navigate a Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV), a development project led by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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Vehicle Control Technologies Receives ONR contract award for LDUUV Vehicle Control Integration

June 3, 2011 - via FedBizOps VCT awarded $248K contract under ONR BAA11-001

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