Work Systems Package/Pontoon Implacement Vehicle Operational Testing at San Clemente Island, 1979. Demonstration of a Technology for Remotely Controlled Deep-Water Recovery of Objects up to 5 Tons from Depths to 20000 Feet.
Final rept. Oct 78-Sep 79,
NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Work Systems Package, mated to the Pontoon Implacement Vehicle, recently completed extensive in-water testing to depths of 95 feet at the Navys San Clemente Island test facility, in order to investigate techniques for attaching, rigging, and recovering objects using a remotely controlled vehiclework system. Objects ranged from heavy steel structures to aircraft and components. Lifting methods included use of vehicle thrusters, variable ballast, and a remotely controlled module with a 10,000-pound lift capability. Valuable information concerning recovery technology was acquired during the mission, a highlight of which was the successful rigging and lift of a 10 000-pound F4 Phantom jet fuselage. Excellent data and photographic documentation were obtained. A total of 58 hours of in-water testing was performed in 14 dives. Author
- Submarine Engineering