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LRAUV

Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Established

2015


Partner

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
&
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Summary

The objective of this research is to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) based capability to observe and sample dynamic processes in the ocean to characterize oil spills and other environmental hazards under ice. Creating a baseline of data for Arctic Ocean communities can systematically be carried out with the Long Range AUV, Tethys.

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Abstract

The Propeller Driven LRAUV System is designed as a helicopter-portable platform, with corresponding communications buoys and which functions as a multi-mission capable system. Through designing, fabricating, and testing two platforms, two sets of sensing capabilities and three communication and navigation buoys, the LRAUV project team will provide vehicle operators a suitable deployment package to support Arctic oil spill response. In sum, the ADAC LRAUV project, led by WHOI and MBARI, creates a rapid response solution to incidents occurring in the maritime environment, and increases situational awareness by characterizing the undersea and under ice conditions of ocean surroundings, autonomously, and capable at great distances. This includes a maximum radius of action exceeding 500km, depending upon sensor loadout and other mission parameters, allowing for a significant reach beyond initial deployment for Arctic maritime crisis response.

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Researchers

Portrait of 		James
			 		Bellingham
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Dr. James Bellingham

Principal Investigator



jbellingham@whoi.edu

Portrait of 		Brett
			 		Hobson
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Brett Hobson

Principal Investigator



hobson@mbari.org

Portrait of 		Amy
			 		Kukulya
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Amy Kukulya

Principal Investigator



akukulya@whoi.edu

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			 		Besaw
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Amanda Besaw

Support Team



abesaw@whoi.edu

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