Accession Number:

ADA629857

Title:

Acoustic Communications with AUVs and Autonomous Oceanographic Sampling Network Development

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIV DANIA BEACH FL OCEAN ENGINEERING DEPT

Report Date:

1999-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Long Term Goals. .The general objective is to investigate basic and applied problems associated with the efficacious reconnaissance of littoral waters in support of mine warfare and oceanographic tasks. The particular research topics are basic and applied problems associated with acoustic communications, monitoring, command, and control of AUVs in support of the AOSN concept. Specifically with this proposal, we wish to address acoustic communications between a submarine and an AUV and the implications of networking elements such as AUVs, moorings, and support vessels for oceanographic and mine reconnaissance tasks. OBJECTIVES. This project pursues 3 complementary objectives all of which are related to communication with AUVs in support of oceanographic and military applications. The first objective is to support the development and testing of the relevant hardware and software needed to demonstrate rendezvous and communication between a submarine and an AUV. This has been identified as a key technology for off-board sensor deployment from a submarine. The FAU Ocean Explorer vehicle provides a cost effective platform for the development and testing process. The second objective is to support oceanographic and mine reconnaissance experiments using acoustic communications to monitor and remotely command multiple platforms in coordinated sampling missions. We have already demonstrated these capabilities. What is needed is further refinement and experimentation to determine operational capabilities and potential for VCW MCM tasks. The third objective is to continue development and application of a very low cost acoustic modem using COTS power line spread spectrum transceivers.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE