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To Track Down Bloodsucking Lampreys, This Robot Swims Like a Fish

October 26, 2016 - via Michigan State University

GRACE packs a powerful tail fin to propel it forward. This is supplemented by a glider system: By changing its buoyancy, GRACE can propel itself forward by ascending and descending through the water column.

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AUVs Communicate to Move around in Swarms

October 24, 2016 - via RtSystems

A ‘master’ drone, with a reliable navigation system, can be used to guide other drones and is therefore capable of maintaining a precise position without using a heavy and expensive inertial navigation system.

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Gliders provide in-depth scientific data on Lake Superior

October 22, 2016 - via University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD’s glider research creates base data that supplements the EPA’s research on water quality and can be used to determine changes in the lake

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Tuna-shaped robot could be next safety tool at Port of Charleston

October 22, 2016 - via Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

This next generation unmanned underwater vehicle could be leveraged widely by the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection to inspect ships and piers for contraband and other material

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Testing the Waters: Navy Takes Cautious Steps With Autonomous Ships

October 21, 2016 - via National Defense

The thinking now shaping the Navy’s plan for autonomous vehicles is that ship prototypes will have to prove their mettle in an integrated network, similar to what would happen in a real-world scenario.

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Introducing Sentry, Our Autonomous Secret Weapon on the Seafloor

October 21, 2016 - via National Geographic

To maximize our efficiency, the plan goes something like this: use Sentry at night to map areas of potential interest for future Alvin dives, taking advantage of the AUV’s larger survey footprint and unique sonar-based ability to “see” beneath the seafloor.

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EaglePicher's Grand Opening of New Lithium Ion Center of Excellence

October 21, 2016 - via EaglePitcher

The Lithium Ion Center of Excellence provides a reliable, high-volume supply of critical items identified as essential for national defense, alleviating concerns regarding market volatility and uncertainty within the current international market.

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ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

October 20, 2016 - via Marine Technology Reporter

This agreement will incorporate the latest technologies and innovation developed by both companies, enabling ECA to propose the best launch and recovery solution for its UMS customers.

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Thales-Led Team Gets $164M Deal for Anglo-French Naval Mine-Hunting Drone

October 20, 2016 - via Defense News

The MMCM system will consist of a surface unmanned vehicle from British firm ASV. This small boat will deploy a Thales towed sonar to collect data, while an ECA automated underwater vehicle and Saab remote operated vehicle will also gather information for assessment and destruction of mines.

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Exploring New England’s Recently Discovered Methane Seeps

October 20, 2016 - via National Geographic

The science plan is to investigate a series of submarine canyons and newly discovered methane seeps about 150 miles (240 km) from our Woods Hole, Massachusetts, port.

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Juliet Marine Systems Unveils Plans to Construct Guardian Submersible Unmanned Surface Vehicle

October 19, 2016 - via Juliet Marine

Guardian is intended for surface and subsurface operations, either manned or unmanned. It will extend 30 to 45 feet in length with a top speed of 35 knots when operating in surface mode with four feet of draft in the water.

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Saab buys Danish defense company

October 19, 2016 - via SAAB

Saab said the acquisition of Nordic Defense Industries further develops Saab's leadership in the unmanned underwater domain when it comes to regional reach, technology and innovative solutions.

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Disguised as a tuna, bioswimmer is changing the game for underwater inspections

October 18, 2016 - via Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

BioSwimmer is a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle equipped to inspect a vessel’s exterior for illicit cargo and contraband, as well as harbor facilities for unwanted activity.

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Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

October 17, 2016 - via Marine technology Reporter

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) launched the Europa-Explorer project in December 2012 – a pilot survey for future missions to Europa.

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Thales and 19 French SMEs Develop Combined Surface and Underwater Unmanned System

October 17, 2016 - via Thales

The new AUSS concept (Autonomous Underwater & Surface System), the world's first hybrid unmanned system capable of operating both above and below the surface.

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Coatian Navy receives autonomous underwater vehicles

October 17, 2016 - via Hydroid

Croatia has received donated autonomous underwater vehicles from the United States.

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Henrik Fisker is using a revolutionary new battery to power his Tesla killer

October 16, 2016 - via Nanotech Energy

Overall, Kavanaugh is promising a product that not only holds more charge and charges faster than lithium-ion batteries, but that also has a better cycle life.

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British navy sends robots to sea in military exercise

October 14, 2016 - via Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is testing just how much robot craft can do by themselves in military exercises off the British coast.

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Teledyne Webb Research Releases New Glider Piloting Software – Piloting Made Easy

October 12, 2016 - via Teledyne Webb Research

The new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active vehicle tracking and mission planning, consolidated data management, the ability to access piloting tools from any platform including tablets and smartphones, and increased security with individual login accounts and multi-level permission sets

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New Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Solution Fearlessly Deploys 100% Silicon

October 12, 2016 - via LeydenJar

The company has come up with a new version of lithium-ion battery technology that uses 100% silicon instead of graphite.

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