Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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.
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.
Development of a propeller driven long range autonomous underwater vehicle (LRAUV) for under-ice mapping of oil spills and environmental hazards
An Arctic Domain Center of Awareness project (ADAC). 2016 IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Tokyo, Japan, 2016, pp95-100
By: Kukulya, A. L., J. G. Bellingham, J. W. Kaeli, C. M. Reddy, M. A. Godin and R. N. Conmy.