Automated Launch and Recovery of Un-tethered, Mini-Unmanned Underwater Vehicles from Unmanned Surface Vehicles
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DOD / NAVY
Current development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) includes the exploration of various mission capabilities. One mission capability desired of future USVs is mine hunting, using Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to perform this task. Candidate USV/UUV future platforms to perform completely unmanned UUV launch, recovery, battery recharge, and data extraction of mine hunting include the Spartan USV and the REMUS UUV. REMUS UUV R&D test deployments to date have been from manned vessels. Similarly, USV R&D test deployments of the Spartan have not yet completely demonstrated the autonomous launch and recovery of a UUV, such as REMUS. SEA CORP will investigate the application of innovative technologies to perform the completely autonomous launch and recovery of a UUV from a USV. The SEA CORP solution will address four specific UUV processes required: Launch, Recovery, Data Extraction, and Make Ready. Reliability, cost, and producibility are key factors that will be investigated for this application.
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