TITLE

Lightweight Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) performing coastal survey operations in REP 10A

AUTHOR(S)
Incze, Michael
PUB. DATE
November 2011
SOURCE
Ocean Dynamics;Nov2011, Vol. 61 Issue 11, p1955
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Lightweight Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) were developed for Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group 4 search and survey missions from a commercial AUV baseline (Iver 2) through integration of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware components, and through software development for enhanced on-board Command and Control functions. The development period was 1 year under a project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research TechSolutions Program Office. Hardware integration was completed by the commercial AUV vendor, OceanServer Technology, Inc., and software development was conducted by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Naval Oceanographic Office, and U MASS Dartmouth, with support from hardware and software application providers (YSI, Inc., Imagenex Technology Corp., and CARIS). At the conclusion of the integration and development period, an at-sea performance evaluation was scheduled for the Lightweight NSW AUVs with NSWG-4 personnel. The venue for this evaluation was the NATO exercise Recognized Environmental Picture 10A (REP 10A), hosted by Marinha Portuguesa, and coordinated by the Faculdade de Engenharia-Universidade do Porto. REP 10A offered an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the new AUVs and to explore the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for employing them in military survey operations in shallow coastal waters. Shore- and ship-launched scenarios with launch/recovery by a single operator in a one-to-many coordinated survey, on-scene data product generation and visualization, data push to Reach Back Cells for product integration and enhancement, and survey optimization to streamline survey effort and timelines were included in the CONOPS review. Opportunities to explore employment of hybrid AUV fleets in Combined Force scenarios were also utilized. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Marinha Portuguesa, the Faculdade de Engenharia-Universidade do Porto, and OceanServer Technology, Inc., were the primary participants bringing in-water resources to REP 10A. Technical support and products were provided by the Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center, Naval Oceanographic Office, NATO Undersea Research Centre, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and YSI, Inc. REP 10A proved to be a very effective exercise in meeting each of the critical goals. Results of the performance evaluation guided final development and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) for the Lightweight NSW AUV, leading to on-time, successful Factory Acceptance Testing and delivery of the three contracted vehicles to NSWG-4 in September, 2010.
ACCESSION #
67030984

 

Related Articles

  • Information Domination: Dynamically Coupling METOC and INTEL for Improved Guidance for Piracy Interdiction. Hansen, J.; Jacobs, G.; Hsu, L.; Dykes, J.; Dastugue, J.; Allard, R.; Barron, C.; Lalejini, D.; Abramson, M.; Russell, S.; Mittu, R. // NRL Review;2011, p109 

    The article presents an analysis of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) of the meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) and environmental and intelligence information for improved guidance for piracy interdiction. It examines the impact of the environment on pirate activity based on the...

  • SUB-CULTURAL PHEN MEN I. Matthews, William // Officer;Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p34 

    The article focuses on the development of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. It discusses various factors which are posing hurdles in UUV development including power problems, reliability issues and autonomy. It also presents information on various robotic...

  • Dance with THE DRAGON. Matthews, Mark // ASEE Prism;Nov2012, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p28 

    The article focuses on the research and development (R&D) collaboration between the U.S. and China. It mentions that the Chinese Academy of Sciences and U.S. Office of Naval Research works together on an acoustic research in the Yellow Sea. It notes that China's National Natural Science...

  • ASW and Unmanned Undersea Systems. LeBouvier, Rand D. // Sea Technology;Nov2014, Vol. 55 Issue 11, p13 

    The article offers information on unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and the maritime mission set called anti-submarine warfare (ASW). Topics include the former Autonomous Operations Future Naval Capabilities (AOFNC) initiative, UUVs' need to reach a technology readiness level (TRL), and the...

  • Into The Deep. Nativi, Andy; Chavanne, Bettina H.; Beck, Sunho // Defense Technology International;Sep2010, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p26 

    The article examines the development of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Although experts claim that UUVs and AUVs will be crucial in naval warfare, the development of unmanned vehicles for undersea and surface applications is still considered in its...

  • The Coast Guard Needs Better Tactical Intel. Gibson, Wayne; DiRenzo III, Joe // U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Aug2002, Vol. 128 Issue 8, p78 

    Highlights the need for the U.S. Coast Guard to improve its approach and tactics to war fighting. Strategies and tactics in the war against terrorism; Elements relevant to counterterror and counterdrug missions; Changes in operational planning, command structure and force assignments.

  • ALL COAST.  // Coast Guard;2012, Issue 2, p6 

    Photographs of several operations of the U.S. Coast Guard crew in March 2012, including an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew flyover at Point Vicente Lighthouse, boat tactic exercises of Station Honolulu crewmembers, and Cutter Tampa crew's attempt in tying down straps of an helicopter, are presented.

  • Operating In the Arctic. SEFFERS, GEORGE I. // Signal;Feb2016, Vol. 70 Issue 6, p16 

    The article offers information on the importance of technological innovations in future tactics of the U.S. Coast Guard. The topics discussed include the diverse technologies capable of performing activities during harsh conditions such satellite communications, unmanned vehicles, and rescue and...

  • Patrolling with Submarines, Ships & Boats. CHAND, NARESH // SP's Naval Forces;Oct/Nov2013, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p6 

    The article reports on the maritime patrolling carried out by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and law enforcement agencies. It states that maritime patrolling will monitor an area of water for any illegal activity using submarines, ships and boats. Moreover, its other purpose includes inspection...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics