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ECA Group demonstrates its AUV A9-M for MCM Missions - Remote operation from a Coastal Patrol Vessel in the North Sea

November 3, 2016 - via ECA Group

ECA Group, within the framework of the Belgian Navy evaluation of Unmmaned Maritime Systems, demonstrated the AUV A9-M capability to remotely survey the seabed in search for mines from its CPV POLLUX.

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Hydoid awarded 7.4M contract extension

November 3, 2016 - via NSWC Indian Head

For engineering support and training services for the MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle systems. The MK18 Mod 1 and Mod 2 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems are in support of very shallow water missions, very shallow water mine countermeasures and underwater object localization tools.

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Swimming ahead [INDODEF16-D3]

November 3, 2016 - via ECA Group

Under the MMCM programme, being managed by OCCAR on behalf of the French and UK governments, ECA is part of a Thales/BAE Systems team that was recently given the green light to manufacture two prototype MMCM systems. Having already participated in the earlier design definition stage, ECA will during this next phase supply a total of six AUVs derived from its generic A27-M AUV product.

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Skipper UUV breaks cover [INDODEF16-D3]

November 3, 2016 - via Janes

The Skipper UUV features four vectorable thrusters and large wing surfaces for improved stability, and was successfully demonstrated to the Indonesian Navy in July this year. Its initial application is as a mini-mobile torpedo target equipped with a noise maker payload.

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New US Robotics Roadmap calls for increased regulations, education and research

November 2, 2016 - via University of California San Diego

Researchers also are making a call to build a common, shared research infrastructure for robotics here in the United States. The research network would expand existing sites, with a focus on testing autonomous driving, medical and health care robotics, micro- and nanorobotics, agriculture robotics, UAVs and underwater robotics. Each site would need about $3 million to be revamped into a shared facility.

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After more than 50 years, BIO still leads the way

November 1, 2016 - via Bedford Institue of Oceanography

Proof of BIO’s leadership can be found in Argo, an international project that uses underwater robots to measure the temperature, salinity and acidification of the ocean.

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

November 1, 2016 - via Marine Technology Reporter

Today, with advances in technology, gliders operate with little or no need for powered systems and are typically used offshore to investigate environmental, metocean or water-mass structures.

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Proposed DoD Rule on Protection of Unclassified Technical Data Would “Disqualify” Contractors with Export Violations

November 1, 2016 - via US Department of Defense

DoD has taken the view that public disclosure of technical data and technology is the same as providing uncontrolled foreign access. Therefore, this rule instructs DoD employees, contractors, and grantees to ensure unclassified technical data and technology that discloses technology or information with a military or space application may not be exported without authorization, and should be disseminated consistent with US export control laws and regulations.

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New Lithium Battery technology Takes Guts

November 1, 2016 - via

In the new lithium-sulphur battery, researchers used tiny zinc oxide wires to form a layer of material with a villi-like structure. These villi cover one electrode and can trap fragments of the active material when they break off, allowing them to continue participating in the electrochemical reaction that produces electricity.

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Liquid Robotics and Boeing Demonstrated Groundbreaking Autonomous Maritime Warfare Capabilities at the British Royal Navy's Unmanned Warrior Demonstration

October 31, 2016 - via Liquid Robotics

Over the two-week demonstration, the SHARCs successfully detected and tracked an advancing unmanned underwater vehicle and most significantly -- a manned diesel submarine.

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Russia successfully tests underwater robot in East Siberian Sea

October 31, 2016 - via Tomsk Polytechnic University

The Institute of Marine Technologies at the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences developed a robot for testing and adjusting elements of underwater robotic devices and complexes.

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Meet the US Navy’s Robot Fish: A Project Created to Aid in Improving Sea Vehicles

October 31, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University

The U.S. Navy is hoping that the result of all this work will be the eventual creation of more agile underwater robots that can be used for a number of tasks such as underwater study and observation, rescue and recovery, and even underwater damage repair.

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Meet the US Navy’s Robot Fish: A Project Created to Aid in Improving Sea Vehicles

October 31, 2016 - via Florida Atlantic University

The U.S. Navy is hoping that the result of all this work will be the eventual creation of more agile underwater robots that can be used for a number of tasks such as underwater study and observation, rescue and recovery, and even underwater damage repair.

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Winter School on Underwater Vision and Robotics

October 31, 2016 - via INESC TEC

The programme comprised lectures on underwater robotics, underwater vision and underwater mission planning; and hands-on training on underwater vision and underwater mission planning.

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AUV Research Advances Capabilities

October 28, 2016 - via ABS

From the perspective of a classification society AUVs provide a means to improve surveys and inspections in a way that takes people out of potentially hazardous or dangerous environments.

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CNMOC Updates Defense, Industry Leaders at Unmanned Systems Defense 2016

October 28, 2016 - via CNMOC

For more than 20 years, Naval Oceanography, operating more than 100 unmanned systems, has collected information from more than 250,000 miles of physical battlespace so that naval and joint commanders can make better decisions faster than the adversary.

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The Navy needs more robot submarines for missions now

October 27, 2016 - via Navy Times

The new head of the Pentagon's submarine warfare office said Thursday that the slow development of drones that can operate autonomously can't be an excuse for inaction on unmanned underwater vehicles that officials hope will multiply the presence and power of the world's most fearsome undersea force.

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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 Fashioning Future Attack Sub With UUVs In Mind

October 27, 2016 - via Defense Daily

There has to be a better way to design this [future] submarine from the ground up to seamlessly deploy UUVs."

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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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