Self-Mooring Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Description:

The Self-Mooring Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is a fully autonomous underwater vehicle that possesses a one-time mooring capability.  In a typical mission profile, the AUV will ingress to a desired mooring location, release an anchor, and moor itself on the ocean floor.  At some time later, perhaps up to a year later, it will release the mooring line and swim to a desired egress location.  The AUV is rated for max depth 500 m.  The battery stores are sized so that ingress and egress are a total of 100 nautical miles at 4 knots speed.  In a typical application, a payload sensor operates while the AUV is moored.

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Devices
Engineering
For Information, Contact:
Mike Miller
Senior Licensing Manager
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
(540) 443-9228
mmiller@vtip.org
Inventors:
Wayne Neu
Brian McCarter
Robert Briggs
Daniel Stilwell
Timothy Pratt
Jason Mims
Dexter Malley
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