Community News

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

View Full Story

U.S. Navy Completes First Major Technological Milestone in Baltic Sea

October 12, 2016 - via Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division

ALMOND-U was formed as a cooperative research and development project between the U.S. and a German organization to enhance the ability to utilize UUVs to detect, classify, localize and map underwater munitions in challenging and harsh environments with an emphasis on buried objects.

View Full Story

OFG supplies Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system for NTNU research 

October 11, 2016 - via OFG

Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG) offers the only Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) system that can operate with the sensor mounted inside an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to acquire high resolution, high quality magnetic data that is automatically compensated and corrected to remove the effects of the vehicle on the magnetic data.

View Full Story

OFG expands AUV Capability

October 10, 2016 - via Ocean Floor Geophysics

OFG has invested in a 3000m-rated Hugin AUV. The AUV Chercheur is equipped with an unsurpassed sensor and software suite for extremely efficient inspections.

View Full Story

100 times faster-charging battery technology developed

October 10, 2016 - via Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

The new hybrid energy storage has higher capacity than ordinary secondary batteries and has as much high-speed charging and output capability as supercapacitors,” the ministry said. “This means that the new technology can charge 200Wh/kg of energy in about 30 seconds and reach 130Wh/kg of energy density in 20 seconds at maximum output

View Full Story

New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon

October 10, 2016 - via MIT News

Energy storage device could deliver more power than current versions of this technology.

View Full Story

Deep Sea Bacterial Takeover

October 6, 2016 - via UCSB

A team led by oceanographer David Valentine discovers a massive bacterial colonization of the sea floor in the Santa Barbara Basin

View Full Story

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Competition

October 6, 2016 - via Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

The $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration.

View Full Story

Oceaneering expands AUV operations into West Africa

October 5, 2016 - via Oceaneering International

The company is mobilizing one of its 3,000-m rated AUVs, which is capable of performing deepwater geophysical hazard and pipeline inspection surveys.

View Full Story

Market Analysis: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Worth 497.9 Million USD by 2022

September 30, 2016 - via Market and Markets

The market is expected to grow from USD 211.8 Million in 2016 to USD 497.9 Million in 2022, at a CAGR of 15.31% during the forecast period.

View Full Story

Added Science Capability for Gavia AUVs: New Plug and Play Science Bay Module

September 29, 2016 - via Teledyne Gavia

The Gavia Science Bay module is a standard payload module that comes with several hull penetrations designed to accommodate a variety of scientific sensors.

View Full Story

From Under the Sea to Up in the Air: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Underwater Unmanned Aircraft Launch from Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

September 28, 2016 - via Lockheed Martin

During the Annual Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) activities in August, the Submaran relayed instructions to Marlin from a ground control station via underwater acoustic communications. Following these instructions, the Marlin launched the Vector Hawk using a specially-designed canister from the surface of the Narragansett Bay. Following launch, Vector Hawk successfully assumed a mission flight track. All three autonomous vehicles—Marlin, Submaran and Vector Hawk—communicated operational status to the ground control station to maintain situational awareness and provide a means to command and control all assets.

View Full Story

Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

September 28, 2016 - via Green Tech Media

New research suggests the technology is hitting its upper limits in efficiency—but some say the analysis misses the wider point about lithium-ion’s importance in the battery market.

View Full Story

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.

View Full Story

SaferTrident’s semi-autonomous vehicle for divers tested at Masdar

September 27, 2016 - via Masdar Institute

The SaferTrident system is a multi-purpose hybrid diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) and autonomous underwater vehicle that can be used to assist divers to do underwater mapping and localisation

View Full Story

App allows the public to follow whales off Atlantic coast

September 27, 2016 - via CBC News

Unmanned deep diving gliders equipped with voice recognition software are allowing scientists — and now the public — to follow large baleen whales as they swim off the coast of Atlantic Canada.

View Full Story

Battery Researchers Unlock the Secret of Lithium Metal Dendrites

September 27, 2016 - via MIT

Understanding the nature of the lithium deposits and finding an effective control mechanism opens the door to more efficient batteries. Replacing conventional carbon-based anodes with lithium metal could cut lithium-ion battery weight and volume in half while maintaining capacity and output current.

View Full Story

Supercapacitor Breakthrough for Better Energy Storage

September 26, 2016 - via Green Tech Media

Potassium ferricyanide redox electrolyte is found to extend capacitance: “It presents very unique features.”

View Full Story

'On-demand' Autonomous Marine Water Sampling

September 26, 2016 - via Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

The integrated Cefas Water Sampler allowed scientists to collect 11 samples, on demand, over the duration of the mission by sending commands over the Iridium satellite network.

View Full Story

DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

September 26, 2016 - via U.S. Department of Transportation

PHMSA is seeking input from industry regarding potential approaches to reducing the anticipated costs of the proposed rule while achieving the same or improved safety benefits. The comment period for the proposed rule closes on November 7, 2016.

View Full Story