BIOSwimmer, A Biomimetic, Autonomous, Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV)

Sep 13, 2013
Sep 13, 2013

Domestic security officers aim to not only replace human divers with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), but one whose design is derived from nature: the tuna, one of the fastest and most maneuverable fish in the sea. The Biomimetic In-Oil Swimmer (BIO-Swimmer) is such an AUV being developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group in Waltham, MA, for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  Tasks for the BIOSwimmer will include conducting ship hull inspections; performing search and rescue missions; and checking cargo holds that may have toxic fluids.  Testing of a second prototype is expected to begin this fall at the Port of Houston. Tests will include in-water examinations of a variety of ship hulls in one of the busiest ports in the nation.

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