Accession Number : ADA620218


Title :   Spectra, Winter 2014


Descriptive Note : Journal


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620218.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : Welcome to the fourth issue of SPECTRA, a magazine designed to inform you of exciting science and technology developments at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). In the spring of 2012, NRL opened the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR). Our vision for this shining, state-of-the-art facility was that it would be a focal point for basic and applied research related to unmanned and autonomous systems a place to develop, integrate, and test systems and prototypes, to advance the Navy s scientific leadership in this domain. Now, a little more than two years later, the LASR has become the collaborative and energetic research space we envisioned, with scientists and engineers from all across NRL working together on interdisciplinary projects in the one-of-a-kind facilities and environments that LASR offers. Autonomy research for the Navy and Department of Defense benefits greatly from this convergence of diverse talent and expertise. In its simulated desert, jungle, and littoral environments and other well-equipped laboratories, the LASR is hosting creative and innovative research in intelligent autonomy, sensor systems, power and energy systems, human system interaction, networking and communications, and platforms. This issue of SPECTRA provides a snapshot of some of the LASR projects now moving forward: an autonomous underwater vehicle named WANDA that borrows its design from a coral reef fish, a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell built using 3-D printing, a battery that draws its power from the ocean bottom sediment, a robot that is learning to understand how people think, and a vehicle that travels through air and through water a flying submarine.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES , *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , *ROBOTS , AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION , COGNITION , FUEL CELLS , INTERACTIONS , MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , PRINTING , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , THREE DIMENSIONAL , UNDERWATER VEHICLES


Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE