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Robots Underwater--ongoing Research at MIT

James G Bellingham, Thomas Consi
4 pp.
MITSG 90-14J

Research around the globe is progressing toward developing a new class of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that will perform missions currently out of reach of today's technology. These vehicles don't require human supervision, and thus drastically reduce the surface support requirement imposed by unmanned tethered and remotely piloted untethered vehicles. Fully autonomous vehicles require sophisticated software for robust intelligent control, sensors for characterizing the underwater environment, workable navigation strategies, advanced power systems, and numerous other technologies. This article describes the ongoing research program at MIT to develop fully autonomous underwater vehicles.

type: Technical reports

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