Interest in the use of autonomous systems in the U.S. Navy has grown rapidly over the past decade. Several departments at NPS are now employing a variety of unmanned systems in their research. NPS possesses two Wave Gliders, and one of these will have a towed acoustic modem integrated by this summer thereby serving as a communications node to the Littoral Gliders while submerged. This capability will allow remote command and control, data exfiltration, and improved tracking and navigation of the submerged gliders. The other Wave Glider will have a new suite of environmental sensors integrated into its payload for improved measurements of the atmospheric and oceanic parameters in quantifying the near surface environment, specifically including atmospheric turbulence measurements for research in areas of air-sea interaction and environmental effects on radar wave propagation.
Research will also be conducted with both Wave Gliders in the area of continuous system monitoring, transmission, archival storage and visualization routines for extended operations. This will include exposing collected data products via Web browsers using open standards (HTML5, XML, KML place marks, SVG images, X3D Graphics) with hourly updates of mobile offshore-monitoring activities, and the hosting of archival data-collection projects by NPS faculty and students. Launch and recovery in Monterey is planned using the NOAA R/V FULMAR and the MLML R/V JOHN H. MARTIN.
Planning for exercises in Monterey Bay, Port Hueneme and San Francisco will help to establish the infrastructure and experience necessary for regular conduct of at-sea unmanned research missions by NPS students and faculty. Test results will be shared. Inquiries about other proposal and project possibilities are welcome.
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