An Electronic Interface for a Fiber Optic Tethered Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK APPLIED RESEARCH LAB
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As the sophistication of acoustic sensor and communication systems related to unmanned underwater vehicles UUV has increased, the requirement for greater volume and higher speed data transfers has emerged. Fiber optic technology provides an effective means for high bandwidth communications with a UUV while minimizing weight and space criteria aboard the UUV. Increase in data transmission speed has permitted real time processing of data on the launch platform when using large high powered computing systems. Maximum system reliability at advanced performance levels can also be realized. By designing and developing a full scale system comprised of the UUV, remote control and command platform, and data handling and routing electronics, fiber optic tethered UUV technology was demonstrated in lab field tests. This three year venture culminated in a series of successful in-water tests that proved the feasibility of fiber optic tethered UUVs and warranted the continuation of research on remotely operated UUVs. Fiber optic, Tether, UUV, Acoustics, Communication, Data transfer, High bandwidth, Real time, Remote control, Command.
- Submarine Engineering
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics