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(U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

#OI2020: FLIP(ped)

, today MTR presents one of the industry's more indelible images, the 55 feet that remain visible after the crew of the Floating Instrument Platform, or FLIP, partially flood the ballast tanks causing the vessel to turn stern first into the ocean. The 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, conducts investigations in a number of fields, including acoustics, oceanography, meteorology and marine mammal observation. Marine Technology Reporter has been commissioned

Aquanaut (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

HMI to Develop AI-powered Subsea Manipulator Hands

US-based subsea robotics firm Houston Mechatronics, Inc. (HMI) said it has set out to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robotic hands for subsea manipulators, under a recent award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).As technology matures, subsea systems such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are increasingly serving in more important roles for applications such as offshore oil and gas and underwater defense.However, despite many technological advances over recent years, robots in the ocean typically do not have the manipulation

SurfWec Artist Concept. Images Courtesy:  SurfWEC LLC.

Efficient Wave-Generated Power … Really!

the price tag today at $20 million to bring the system through sea trials, with (approximately) $2m for bench testing, $1m for computer modeling, $1m for a scale model, about $12m for the final prototype unit, and $4m for two-year sea trials.“I’ve just submitted a White Paper to the Office of Naval Research for that full budget,” said van Hemmen. “On the commercial side we will approach venture capital sources for funding, too. Then we have DOE applications in for subsystem development.”Think Global, Act (NJ) Local“Certain projects are so big that they need a national

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

Underwater Recovery Vehicle’ (CURV),” recalls Jack Jaegar, who worked at Hydro Products and was a leading light in the Marine Technology Society. “This created the capability to perform deep-sea rescue operation and recover objects from the ocean floor.” The U.S. Office of Naval Research’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) became famous at the time and the SEALAB II underwater habitat was in operation off the coast of California.At the same time, Loran-C was still being used for navigation – there was still plenty of room for improvement. “The Mallory

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

2 meters long. They were designed to dive as deep as 6,000 meters but be relatively affordable and easy to deploy. These vehicles supported many science missions including under-ice work in the Arctic and oceanography in the Antarctic. A key program supported by these vehicles, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), was known as the Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network. This pioneered designs for docking AUVs. Experiments in seafloor mapping and mine hunting were also conducted during the first ten years of the AUV Lab. In 1997 Bluefin Robotics was founded to transition these ideas into industry

Dr. Nicklas Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, is the 2018 recipient of the Maurice Ewing Medal, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union. (Photo courtesy of the AGU)

Oceanographer Pisias Honored by US Navy, AGU

the ocean sciences.”In the late 1970s, and for the next two decades, Pisias helped establish the field of paleoceanography, which is the study of the ocean’s history through sediment analysis, geochemistry, isotopic dating and time-series analysis of ocean processes and dynamics.The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored some of Pisias’ early research, including analysis of sediment cores during the Deep-Sea Drilling Project and Ocean Drilling Program, which lasted from 1968 to 2004. Both international drilling initiatives studied the history of the ocean and the nature of the crust

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

data charges were key factors in NATO’s procurement decision. Buoys are fitted with a small (7x5 cm) SPOT Trace device which includes an integrated GPS receiver, simplex transponder and motion sensor.NATO STO CMRE is conducting several studies in parallel. One, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is using SPOT Trace-equipped drifters to conduct oceanographic studies in the Alboran Sea in the Mediterranean, between the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.In addition, CMRE’s own studies of drift movement in the seas of the Arctic will see buoys deployed in the Barents Sea, and

(Photo: RE2 Robotics)

RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

A developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue development and commercialization of its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S).RE2 Robotics’ DM2S technology will provide Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs).WBIEDs and mines pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports, and when placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, they can be particularly difficult to access and

The ONR TechSolutions-sponsored scuba binary dive application (SBDA 100) replaces traditional paper logs and automates the logging and submission of dive profiles directly from a dive computer worn by Navy Divers to the Naval Safety Center DJRS database. (U.S. Navy photo by Bobby Cummings)

Navy Divers to Have Automated Logging from Worn Dive Computers

divers, time remains a precious commodity on the surface as well.For years, military divers have had to manually write and log information from dives while at sea into a system known as the Dive/Jump Reporting System (DJRS). Manual entries can be time-consuming and allow human error.Enter the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global TechSolutions program, a rapid-response science and technology program focused on solutions to problems submitted by Sailors and Marines.ONR TechSolutions and industry partners have created a new tool called the Scuba Binary Dive Application (SBDA) 100 to digitally plan, record

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

the underwater portion of the battlefield. Many ships, aircraft and submarines from both the United States and Japan were lost during a punishing 15-month campaign to reclaim this distant wind- and fogbound corner of America.Now, recent advancements in undersea technology, many developed by the Office of Naval Research, are helping to reveal the forgotten histories of long-ago valor.After multibeam sonar mounted to the side of the research ship Norseman II identified a promising target, the team sent down a deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle to capture live video for confirmation. “There was

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

50 high school and university teams from around the world made a splash at the 21st International RoboSub Competition at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center, July 30 – August 3.The week-long autonomous submarine competition, co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Foundation, tested students’ mechanical, electrical, computer and systems engineering skills—as well as their presentation skills and teamwork while competing for cash prizes (which go directly to the school, usually

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