Name Kevin Schapansky
Class 480
Year 2012
Quarter Fall
Section 1
Presentation Date November 13, 2012
Presentation Given Yes
Topic(s) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Autonomous Underwater Robots are used to explore environments where it is either too dangerous or too tedious for humans. The first AUVs were developed in the 70s, but did not gain widespread use until recently. The military uses AUVs to map areas looking for mines and to patrol areas that need to be defended. There are even AUVs designed to be launched from the torpedo tubes of a submarine that will search for mines or other enemy submarines, then re-dock with the submarine from which they launched. AUVs are used by oil drilling companies and research institutions to map large areas of the sea floor or gather information about the composition of seawater. Drug smugglers have even used GPS guided AUVs to illegally import drugs. I will talk about the technology that allows these AUVs to work and the role they play in the future of research and defense.

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