Autonomous Operation of a Coordinated Underwater Glider Fleet
WEBB RESEARCH CORP EAST FALMOUTH MA
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Webb Research Corporation WRC and Rutgers University RU plan to provide an important advance in regional-scale coastal ocean observation programs by operating a coordinated fleet of glider AUVs in an intelligent adaptive network. Slocum autonomous underwater vehicle Gliders AUVGs are uniquely mobile network components capable of moving to specific locations and depths, occupying controlled spatial and temporal grids, and will conduct their third annual test this July during the final ONR-sponsored Coastal Predictive Skill Experiment CPSE at Rutgers local-scale 30 km x 30 km Long-term Ecosystem Observatory LEO. Over the following year, a fleet of second-generation Slocum Gliders will be constructed by WRC and utilized at RU for operation within the developing regional-scale 300 km x 300 km New Jersey Shelf Observing System NJSOS. The challenge ahead is to determine how best to operate a coordinated fleet of Gliders beneath the spatially-extensive regional remote sensing systems given cues from multiple real-time datasets and model forecasts. This requires the development and testing of a new compact and low-power physical, chemical, and bio-optical sensors for the Gliders, b ocean feature detection software to provide the cues and response on an individual and fleet scale, c new bi-directional robust communications systems, and d a networked autonomous Glider commandcontrol center.
- Submarine Engineering