Accession Number : ADA258659
Title : Expendable Autonomous Profiler (XAP).
Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May-30 Nov 92,
Corporate Author : PRB ASSOCIATES INC HOLLYWOOD MD
Personal Author(s) : Callahan, Jeffrey
Report Date : 30 Nov 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 20
Abstract : The initial focus of the work performed in this study was to determine the feasibility and utility of different approaches to the buoyancy control system (elevator) required for an expendable autonomous profiler (XAP) which would be an air-deployable, A-size sonobuoy-like device. Two approaches were analyzed in detail, one using a hydraulic elevator and the other using a compressed gas elevator. Some conclusions were reached regarding the recommended technical approach for building XAP prototypes. The certification process for sonobuoys was investigated as well as the certification requirements for using lithium-based batteries. Finally, a functional description and initial cost estimates for a potential XAP prototype were developed.
Descriptors : *PROTOTYPES , *DATA ACQUISITION , *DIVING , *ELEVATORS , COST ESTIMATES , UNDERWATER , SONOBUOYS , UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS , FEASIBILITY STUDIES
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE