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Autonomous Underwater Systems for Survey Operations

Norman Doelling, Elizabeth T. Gowell
83 pp.
MITSG 89-04
$3 DOM

An undersea robot that can be released at sea, find a harbor, perform a task and return to a designated location could be used for military applications like mine clearing and mine laying, or for oceanographic surveys, mineral exploration, fish population studies and underwater equipment repair. This report summarizes the findings of an interdisciplinary MIT research team assembled in 1987 to develop a vehicle concept and outline a plan of research necessary for its development. Concluding that the best robot is the smallest possible system consistent with payload, power, sensor and computational requirements, the report considers systems for vehicles as small or smaller than torpedoes.

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