autonomous underwater vehicle

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autonomous underwater vehicle:

see submersiblesubmersible,
small, mobile undersea research vessel capable of functioning in the ocean depths. Development of a great variety of submersibles during the later 1950s and 1960s came about as a result of improved technology and in response to a demonstrated need for the capability
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autonomous underwater vehicle

[ȯ¦tän·ə·məs ‚ən·dər‚wȯd·ər ′vē·ə·kəl]
A crewless, untethered submersible which operates independent of direct human control. Abbreviated AUV.
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The system is a self-propelled, untethered autonomous undersea vehicle that is meant to operate independently in shallow regions of the ocean to locate buried mines, he said.
Alan Beam, a retired Navy captain and member of the board of directors at the Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center, an organization which advocates for better development and integration of UUVs, echoed the necessity of increased reliability.
8 September 2010 - Norwegian weapons maker Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (OSL: KOG) said today that it has won an USD8.4m contract to supply autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs) and associated support equipment to the US programme for Littoral Battlespace Sensing (LBS).
These autonomous undersea vehicles are designed to operate in depths up to 6,000 meters (19,685 feet or 3.73 miles).
The goal is to improve the technologies, used by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR),to enhance communications with submarines and between autonomous undersea vehicles. Improvements are delivered to the fleet in a series of milestones.
Conventional autonomous undersea vehicles, with their streamlined fore-and-aft geometries, are driven by either a single propeller or two counter-rotating propellers.

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