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Unmanned wave-piercing vehicles for hydrographic survey
Young, H.; Phillips, S.; Hook, D. (2006). Unmanned wave-piercing vehicles for hydrographic survey, in: Evolutions in hydrography, 6th - 9th November 2006, Provincial House Antwerp, Belgium: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies. Special Publication (Hydrographic Society), 55: pp. 133-136
In: (2006). Evolutions in hydrography, 6th - 9th November 2006, Provincial House Antwerp, Belgium: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies. Special Publication of the Hydrographic Society, 55. International Federation of Hydrographic Society: London. 234 + cd-rom pp., more
In: Special Publication (Hydrographic Society). Hydrographic Society: London. ISSN 0309-8303, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Hydrographic surveys; Sensors; Unmanned vehicles

Authors  Top 
  • Young, H.
  • Phillips, S.
  • Hook, D.

Abstract
    Unmanned wave-piercing vehicles (UWVs) combine many of the advantages of USV’s and UUV’s. They have the endurance, economy, speed, communications and positioning of USV’s combined with the stability and much of the covertness of UUV’s to give a new, adaptable, mobile instrumentation platform. If they are also stable at slow and zero speed they can deploy sensors to depth either from a winch or a daughter ROV or AUV. Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd have developed just such a vehicle and have recently received an order for a commercial variant for survey purposes. The applications of such vehicles to surveying in inland waters and shallow water are discussed, as well as applications to oceanography, seafloor mapping and remote sensing.

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