Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drones Coming to the Chesapeake

Researchers at the University of Maryland's Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Md., needed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to help oceanographers advance the study of coastal ocean environments. They found their solution from unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) specialist Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass.

The Horn Point lab, part of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, has purchased one REMUS 600 system for shared research in studies of coastal and near coastal environments. The U.S. Navy also relies on the REMUS UUV design for mine-hunting operations. Horn Point will take delivery of the UUV in March 2013. REMUS is short for Remote Environmental Measuring Units.
The REMUS 600 is about 16 feet long depending on its sensor payload configuration, weighs 530 pounds, and is slightly wider than one foot in diameter. It has a 5.2-kilowatt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery that enables the UUV to operate for as long as 70 hours. It has a DC brushless motor and two-bladed propeller. It can travel at speeds of about 5 knots to depths of 1,970 feet. Hydroid is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime.
I wonder if they'll take a fly? 12 weight sinking line, and a Clouser minnow about 6 inches long with lots of red and white, and some tinsel?  Probably put up a heck of fight, in a straight line sorta way. 70 hours, huh?

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