Accession Number:

ADA629859

Title:

The Enhancement of Autonomous Marine Vehicle Testing in the South Florida Testing Facility Range

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIV DANIA BEACH FL

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Report Date:

1999-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

LONG-TERM GOALS. The goal of this research project is to evaluate the performance of underwater marine vehicles by carrying out scientific experiments at the NSWC South Florida Testing Facility SFTF Range. Central to this theme is the characterization of the influence of physical, acoustic, biological and geological processes in the ocean on operational aspects of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles AUVs. These vehicles are a new and important technology for the Navy because they provide the ability to survey shallow water regions in a systematic manner, using a number of small, inexpensive, unmanned vehicles. A key aspect of the effort is the integration of AUV technology with other observing techniques to study various properties of the coastal ocean. The SFTF range is an excellent location for this purpose because it provides a domain rich in oceanic variability, a domain that is therefore adequate to assess a wide range of environmental conditions on AUV operations.LONG-TERM GOALS The goal of this research project is to evaluate the performance of underwater marine vehicles by carrying out scientific experiments at the NSWC South Florida Testing Facility SFTF Range. Central to this theme is the characterization of the influence of physical, acoustic, biological and geological processes in the ocean on operational aspects of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles AUVs. These vehicles are a new and important technology for the Navy because they provide the ability to survey shallow water regions in a systematic manner, using a number of small, inexpensive, unmanned vehicles. A key aspect of the effort is the integration of AUV technology with other observing techniques to study various properties of the coastal ocean. The SFTF range is an excellent location for this purpose because it provides a domain rich in oceanic variability, a domain that is therefore adequate to assess a wide range of environmental conditions on AUV operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE