Hydro-Thermal Vent Mapping with Multiple AUV's AZORES-2001
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER FOR AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE RESEARCH
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The Naval Postgraduate School NPS and the Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon IST have a long standing memorandum of agreement dating back to 1994 for the exchange of scientific ideas, visits of faculty and students, and to perform collaborative work. In the past we have collaborated on joint papers, the shared supervision of doctoral work, and a shared effort on the evaluation of AUV control system methodology. This is a NICOP project aimed at developing the technology of multiple cooperating AUVs in a shallow water vent-mapping mission. The missions to be conducted in the AZORES Islands will develop multi-vehicle cooperative strategies and control using radio and acoustic communications. Results of both sonar and video images will be obtained in which the Portuguese vehicle INFANTE, and a surface catamaran DELFIM will perform broad area survey to identify vent clusters, while the NPS vehicle ARIES, will be used to reacquire vent cluster locations, and perform local area searches with close in video data gathering.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Submarine Engineering
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors