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Enabling technologies for REMUS docking: an integral component of an autonomous ocean-sampling network

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7 Author(s)
Stokey, R. ; Oceanogr. Syst. Lab., Woods Hole Oceanogr. Instn., MA, USA ; Allen, B. ; Austin, T. ; Goldsborough, R.
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A dock for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) allows the vehicle to be left on station ready for deployment. However, it represents a significant engineering challenge, as docking requires an accurate navigation system so that the vehicle can find the dock, and complex mechanics to make the required underwater power and data connections. This paper describes the docking system built for the REMUS AUV. It outlines the basis for the design decisions, the as-built configuration, and its performance once deployed. It also delineates the lessons learned from the deployments, and the refinements in the vehicle that have been made since that time, that will improve the system's utility and reliability

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Oceanic Engineering, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 4 )