Laser-Based Method for Docking an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle to a Submarine
Patent application, Filed 8 Feb 2010
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An Unmanned Undersea Vehicle UUV docking system is provided in which the UUV is responsive to a first rotating light beam which emits from a submarine to begin a docking procedure. The UUV utilizes a photodetector to detect the first light beam and to guide the UUV toward the submarine by utilizing the first light beam. In one embodiment, the UUV reflects light from the first light beam back to the submarine. A photodetector on the submarine detects the reflected light to ascertain that the UUV is locked onto the first light beam. The submarine then stops rotating the light beam so that a trajectory of the UUV heads in the direction of a docking station which is positioned on the submarine.
- Lasers and Masers
- Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance