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China debuts portable 50-kg AUV

September 5, 2016 - via

China has developed its first portable 50-kg autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)

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Northrop Grumman conducts advanced unmanned systems teaming

September 5, 2016 - via IHS Jane's International Defence Review

Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a new autonomy framework that enables multiple unrelated unmanned systems to communicate and collaborate on a mission.

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Tech transformation in survey market

September 5, 2016 - via Douglas-Westwood London

Fresh technology could significantly advance offshore survey operations, acting as a differentiator for smaller companies in a difficult market.

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Scientists Create Robotic Terminator To Hunt 'Darwin's Nightmare'Fish

September 5, 2016 - via Gizmodo India

The two prototypes include video cameras, so that pilots can guide the robots through the water, but the ultimate goal is to build autonomous underwater robots to hunt lionfish.

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OceanServer Delivers Next Generation AUV for Water Quality Solutions with YSI Integrated Systems & Services

September 2, 2016 - via OceanServer Technology

The i3XO EcoMapper AUV is based on the robust Iver3-580 AUV platform and takes advantage of YSI’s expertise in water quality solutions. The i3XO AUV utilizes the EXO water quality system to provide users high resolution water quality data, side scan sonar imaging, downward looking current profiling, and an option for bathymetric surveying.

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PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel

September 1, 2016 - via South China Morning Post

Chinese military’s interest piqued after Haiyi-7000 makes it 5,751 metres down world’s deepest ocean trench

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Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?

September 1, 2016 - via Extreme Technology

Most battery technologies fade away before they reach the point any of us will benefit from them. As MIT Technology Review points out, there are a variety of reason for this, but it often comes down to a lack of funding and focus.

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In batteries, a metal reveals its dual personality

September 1, 2016 - via MIT News

Branchlike deposits grow on lithium electrode surfaces in two ways, one much more damaging.

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Departments of Commerce and State Harmonize Export Destination Control Statements under Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations

September 1, 2016 - via National Law Review

BIS and the DDTC have decided to harmonize the two sets of statements, as well as mandate that they be inserted only on commercial invoices—they will no longer need to appear on the bills of lading, air waybills or other shipping documents. Effective as of November 15, 2016, the new harmonized DCS language that must be used under both the ITAR and the EAR

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Final Rules Affecting Definitions of Export and Fundamental Research Take Effect

September 1, 2016 - via Lexology

The ERC initiative seeks to reorganize and streamline the U.S. export control regime in order to reduce regulatory burdens on U.S. companies while increasing the effectiveness of controls on the most sensitive defense-related goods and technologies.

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Why Are Early Adopters of Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing Getting Out of the Game?

August 31, 2016 - via Green Tech Media

Sony and (maybe) Nissan are dropping their battery production as the industry matures.

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Autonomous Systems Bootcamp

August 31, 2016 - via University of Delaware

With tropical storms starting to rev up in the Atlantic Ocean, the timing of the University of Delaware's Autonomous Systems Bootcamp was ideal and experts from UD and around the world converged at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to make the most of it. The mission of the weeklong deployment was straightforward: Develop a detailed, baseline profile of a 5-square-kilometer area of Broadkill Beach, focusing on a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging and replenishment program where scientists could see – in close proximity – both a natural beach and a replenished beach.

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New Company Exocetus Autonomous Systems launches in Wallingford, CT

August 10, 2016 - via Exocetus Autonomous Systems

Exocetus Autonomous Systems is a designer and producer of autonomous underwater vehicle customizeable for research and commercial activities. The Coastal Glider, their flagship product, is the only open platform glider that end users can freely modify to meet their specific needs, and a 5 kg payload to accommodate those needs. Additionally, the patented ballast engine provides top speeds of 2 kts, double that of other vehicles, and the ability to move easily between fresh and salt water without the need to re-ballast the vehicle.

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IIT Bombay's underwater vehicle 'Matsya' comes second in the AUVSI Robosub 2016

August 8, 2016 - via Economic Times:India Times

The team beat six-time winner Cornell University but lost the first position by a small margin to Caltech University

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Riptide Ships Six More Micro-UUVs to US Navy

August 2, 2016 - via Riptide Autonomous Solutions

Riptide Autonomous Solutions has shipped six Micro-UUVs to the US Navy. The unmanned undersea vehicles are configured with a dry payload volume that will enable rapid payload development and demonstration and allow the Navy to test various new sensor systems with these small flexible vehicles.

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Enhanced Operational Readiness for CMRE Underwater Vehicles

March 1, 2016 - via CMRE

CMRE began developing concepts for allowing a quick data transfer on autonomous vehicles in 2014. The challenges in developing an underwater field swappable storage unit are in the use of unconventional underwater connectors (typically not suited for standard data buses) and the miniaturization imposed by the portability of the system despite its ability to sustain high pressures.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Acquires Bluefin Robotics

February 22, 2016 - via Bluefin Robotics

Bluefin Robotics will become part of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business.

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Disaster Robotics: 5 Lessons from Katrina and 22 Other Emergency Deployments

September 18, 2015 - via Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue

It takes huge amounts of time just to go through the data," she said. "So, we need to make improvements in the data science and informatics."

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Seafloor Photo Mosaic From 4,000m Depth

September 18, 2015 - via GEOMAR

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, investigated manganese nodule fields in the eastern Pacific Ocean to determine the long term impact of deep sea mining.

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Robots Help Map England’s Deepwater Canyons

September 16, 2015 - via National Oceanography Centre

Using a newly-developed sideways-directed echo-sounder, the Autosub6000 robot-sub, maintained by the NOC, was able to map vertical walls within the canyon with a resolution of 3-5m per pixel.

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