Aquatic Robotics

Navy Completes Underwater Robot Test

Posted 10 Mar 2006 at 17:45 UTC by steve Share This

According to a Navy Newsstand article, the Los Angeles class improved fast-attack submarine USS Scranton has completed a test involving two Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) called long-range mine reconnaissance system (LMRS) robots. The autonomous robots were successfully launched from the sub's forward torpedo tube. They completed navigation to a series of waypoints and then docked with a recovery assembly that extended from the torpedo tube. The UUVs, built by Boeing, navigate with the help of inertial navigations systems, GPS receivers, forward-looking sonar, and side-scan sonar. The also include acoustic and UHF communications abilities. The near-term goal for the UUVs is mine reconnaissance. Longer term plans include surveillance and intelligence gathering, "tactical oceanography", and anti-submarine warfare. Once launced, the robots report back to their mothership or a land based command center every 12 hours. For more details on the program, see the Navy's 85 page UUV program overview (PDF format)

We've got that here, posted 13 Mar 2006 at 12:48 UTC by c6jones720 » (Master)

Theres a company here in Bristol England called GoScience that are developing similar technology to that.

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