Underwater gliders: Recent developments and future applications

R. Bachmayer, N. Ehrich Leonard, J. Graver, E. Fiorelli, P. Bhatta, D. Paley

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Autonomous underwater vehicles, and in particular autonomous underwater gliders, represent a rapidly maturing technology with a large cost-saving potential over current ocean sampling technologies for sustained (month at a time) real-time measurements. In this paper we give an overview of the main building blocks of an underwater glider system for propulsion, control, communication and sensing. A typical glider operation, consisting of deployment, planning, monitoring and recovery will be described using the 2003 AOSN-II field experiment in Monterey Bay, California. We briefly describe recent developments at NRC-IOT, in particular the development of a laboratory-scale glider for dynamics and control research and the concept of a regional ocean observation system using underwater gliders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 International Symposium on UnderwaterTechnology, UT'04
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 International Symposium on Underwater Technology, UT'04 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Apr 20 2004Apr 23 2004

Publication series

Name2004 International Symposium on Underwater Technology, UT'04 - Proceedings


Other2004 International Symposium on Underwater Technology, UT'04
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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