Recoverable Optical Fiber Tethered Buoy Assembly
Patent application, filed 30 Jul 2007
NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI
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The invention as disclosed is a recoverable tethered optical fiber buoy and winch assembly that is mounted to the back of the sail or the back of an aft non-moving surface of an underwater vehicle and housed in a configuration to provide very little additional drag to the underwater vehicle when the assembly is not deployed. The invention provides a capability to connect ocean surface visual or radio frequency sensors to an underwater mobile platform with a very high data rate link that is retrievable.
- Submarine Engineering
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics