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Blue Ocean Monitoring Completes PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara Contract

April 27, 2015 – via Blue Ocean Monitoring

BOM’s Slocum Glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle, was deployed to monitor that the tailings were not being disbursed into the coastal environment of Sumbawa or surface waters.

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3D Printed Robotic Fish Used for Studying Anxiety & Fear

April 24, 2015 – via NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

What we wanted to do was replace the predator with a robot that would always behave the same with the animals.

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DARPA-BAA-15-30 for the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON) project

April 24, 2015 – via DARPA

DARPA approaches industry for new kinds of underwater navigation for undersea vehicles and submarines. DARPA experts say they envision a small number of acoustic sources, analogous to GPS satellites, around an ocean basin. By measuring the absolute range to several source signals, an undersea platform can obtain continuous, accurate positioning without surfacing for a GPS fix.

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DARPA wants to plumb the depths of an underwater Internet

April 22, 2015 – via DARPA

DARPA is hoping to develop an underwater Internet that would allow submerged manned and unmanned systems to operate together just like they do on the surface and in the air—and communicate with airborne systems as well.

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KUTI Delivers First Vehicle with RSI Turbulence Sensor

April 22, 2015 – via Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc

This new Seaglider with the RSI sensor will allow us to map ocean turbulence and mixing rates over much wider areas than possible with a traditional microstructure profiler

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The Future of Unmanned Underwater Systems

April 22, 2015 – via Marine Technology News

Interview with Liquid Robotics’ Graham Hine

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SeeByte Software for L-3 Klein Sonar

April 22, 2015 – via SeeByte

SeeByte demonstrated its Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software using a L-3 Klein Associates sonar payload (L-3 Klein UUV 3500, dual frequency 455/900 kHz) on an Iver-3 vehicle.

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Bluefin Robotics delivers Ship Hull Inspection Systems 4 and 5 to the U.S. Navy

April 20, 2015 – via Bluefin Robotics

Although it looks like a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with its six thrusters and its fiber optic data tether, the vehicle is powered by an onboard battery and operates primarily autonomously with the ability for the operator to take manual control to investigate contacts

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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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Alternatives To Lithium Batteries: Sodium Or Aluminum?

April 16, 2015 – via Asian Scientist Newsroom

In the race to build a better battery, scientists have tried both sodium and aluminum as replacements for expensive lithium.

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NOAA, partners, survey ‘amazingly intact’ historic WWII-era aircraft carrier

April 16, 2015 – via NOAA

The mission was conducted last month using an 18.5-foot-long autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), Echo Ranger, provided by The Boeing Company through a cooperative research and development agreement with NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Boeing also partnered with technology company Coda Octopus to integrate its 3D-imaging sonar system, Echoscope, into the AUV.

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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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DARPA expands Boeing’s Hydra Contract

April 16, 2015 – via Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

The Hydra focus will be on safely transporting existing undersea vehicles, providing the required energy for long endurance, efficiently transferring energy, transferring and transmitting collected information, and launching and docking the vehicles.

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Kraken Introduces AquaTrak(TM) Correlation Velocity Log

April 15, 2015 – via Kraken

AquaTrak(TM) Uses Advanced Acoustic Correlation and Synthetic Aperture SonaR Signal Processing to Provide Superior Performance Over Conventional Sensors

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Secretary Of Drones: SecNav Mabus Creates Deputy Ass’t Sec. For Unmanned

April 15, 2015 – via US Navy

On the civilian side, “I’m going to appoint a new Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems,” Mabus said at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space conference here. On the uniformed side, the Chief of Naval Operations‘ staff will create a new section, N-99. Together, he said, these two organizations will “coordinate and champion…. all aspects of unmanned – in all domains – over, on and under the sea and coming from the sea to operate on land.”

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KONGSBERG: Records Depths For Hugin AUV During Integrated Subsea Positioning And Communication System Testing In Bali

April 14, 2015 – via Kongsberg Maritime

HUGIN reached a record operational depth of 4449 metres.

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Minisub a Hit At Navy Expo

April 14, 2015 – via Huntington Ingalls Industries

The Proteus is unique, designed to be manually crewed or to function as an autonomous, unmanned underwater vehicle.

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Coral Research Cruises Continue in Remote Australian Waters

April 13, 2015 – via Schmidt Ocean Institute

This past cruise was a first of its kind study, using coordinated groups of seven different underwater robotic vehicles.

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Huntington Ingalls looks in new directions with Proteus

April 13, 2015 – via Huntington Ingalls Industries

Proteus can operate with a crew of six divers or it can be unmanned. It can spy on the enemy, fire weapons, transport gear or patrol a harbor.

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Brave Robots are Roaming the Oceans for Science

April 13, 2015 – via Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

So while aerial drones may get all the love, it’s autonomous underwater vehicles like the one the Paragon just snagged that are doing the grunt work of ocean science. They’re the vanguard of the robotization of Earth’s oceans.

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