Accession Number:

ADA371276

Title:

Development of a Semi-Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Intervention Missions

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Aug 98-Jul 99,

Corporate Author:

HAWAII UNIV AT MANOA HONOLULU DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Report Date:

1999-07-31

Pagination or Media Count:

136.0

Abstract:

The primary research objective of the SAUVIM project is to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of intervention missions. Unlike fly-by or survey type AUVs, SAUVIM possesses a manipulator work package. and an advanced control and sensory systems for navigation, stationkeeping and manipulation. The vehicle also possesses state-of-the-art technology for composite pressure vessel development and genetic algorithm based adaptive and intelligent path-planning methodology. The vehicle will be flexible to a diverse field of applications due to the modularity of the hardware architecture. An independent mission sensor package can be modified to specific scientific. data-gathering or intervention tasks. The pioneering research and development in the intervention based underwater vehicle technology will address new potentials in the hazardous. unstructured underwater environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE