Fugro Support Extended in MH370 Search

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Fugro an additional contract for the deployment of two specialist vessels as well as equipment and expertise in the deep-water search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft 370 (MH370). Fugro will mobilise its vessels Fugro Equator and Fugro Discovery, both fitted with specialist deep-tow survey systems, for the work.The Fugro Equator has already been involved in the bathymetric survey of the search area since June. Fugro and ATSB expect the Fugro Discovery to begin the deep-tow search late September with Fugro Equator joining shortly thereafter. The search is expected to take up... (read more)
2014-08-06 11:34:47

On-board OmniSTAR XP Corrections for POS AV

Applanix's POS AV products support on-board OmniSTAR XP real-time differential GPS corrections using a purpose-built GNSS+L Band aircraft antenna and an embedded BD960 GNSS receiver. Until now, Applanix POS AV users needed to add an external SBAS receiver and mount a separate L-Band antenna on the aircraft fuselage to receive these corrections.   OmniSTAR XP is a Satellite Based Augmentation Service (SBAS) that provides real-time corrections for GPS signals in order to improve positioning accuracy. With the on-board capability and single GNSS+L Band antenna, the benefits of SBAS corrections can be obtained without the inconvenience and extra cost of having... (read more)
2008-12-11 10:01:12

Artemis AUV Continues Deepest Bluefin Search

Phoenix International (Phoenix, USA) personnel working aboard Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield recently completed the latest phase of search operations for MH370. ADV Ocean Shield returned to port on 5 May 2014 to re-supply before continuing the search for the missing aircraft. The search is being conducted using the company’s AUV Artemis working at water depths up to 5,005 metres of seawater, the deepest depth ever achieved by a Bluefin 21 AUV. During this phase of the search operation Artemis recorded over 240 hours of in-water time and surveyed well over 500 square kilometres (nearly 200 square miles) of... (read more)
2014-05-07 02:46:41

Could Adaptive Pingers Have Aided Search for MH370?

Adaptive Pinger Technology for Undersea Location
Although the number of aircraft lost at sea is not very high, over the past years a number of aircraft have suffered precisely that fate. With the recently renewed search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 (MH370), one wonders about the technology in the underwater location of aircraft and other high-value objects. Underwater locator beacons (ULBs or ‘pingers’) are used for this, either on the airframe itself or on the black box. This article proposes making use of technological advancements to allow better detection. Missing Airliners During the initial search for MH370 nearly 4 years ago, it became apparent that better... (read more)
2018-02-20 10:39:34

Airborne Oil Spill Detection

OPTIMARE was selected for a contract to provide the latest version of its Maritime Surveillance System MEDUSA for the German Navy. The mission equipment will be installed into a brand new Dornier 228NG which will substitute one of the German maritime surveillance aircraft of type Dornier 228. The ordered MEDUSA suite includes OPTIMARE's oil spill sensors of type SLAR, IR/UV Line Scanner and VIS Line Scanner. Moreover, the MEDUSA system fully integrates the EO/IR, the AIS and the SATCOM system which will also be part of the mission aircraft. OPTIMARE is specialising in mission system and sensor technology for airborne... (read more)
2010-11-25 09:51:15

Discovering H.M.S. Ark Royal

In November 1941 the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Ark Royal was returning from Malta, when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat southeast of Gibraltar. Its destruction was a devastating blow to the Royal Navy's power in the Mediterranean theatre of war and to the morale of the British people. In October 2002, nearly sixty-one years after it was lost, the remains of the Ark Royal were identified on the bottom of the Mediterranean using C & C Technologies HUGIN 3000 AUV. In the autumn of 2002 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) contracted C & C Technologies, Inc. (C... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

AUV and ROV Technology Plays Key Role in Historic Discovery

WWII Wreck Located in South Pacific
An underwater research and exploration vessel has played a key role in locating a major US aircraft carrier lost during World War Two. The R/V Petrel, owned and operated by philanthropist Paul Allen, discovered the remains of the USS Hornet on the seabed, 5,330 metres below the surface of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands in late January 2019. This article looks more closely at the importance of underwater technology in enabling this historic find. The R/V Petrel is an expedition ship belonging to Vulcan Inc, a company founded by explorer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft... (read more)
2019-03-05 10:22:21

AUV Co-operation Pact

General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime and C & C Technologies have agreed to co-operate on the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and associated technologies. General Atomics (GA) and its affiliates are high-technology development companies in areas ranging from nuclear technologies and advanced defence and energy systems to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), including the Predator, a remotely operated surveillance aircraft. GA is currently active in systems integration for several US Navy programmes, including an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, an Advanced Arresting Gear, Integrated Fight Through Power Conversion equipment, a Superconducting Homopolar Propulsion Motor, and an Electromagnetic Railgun. C & C Technologies... (read more)
2005-12-08 12:00:00

Former NOAA Admiral Joins Dawson & Associates

Rear Adm. Samuel De Bow, who served as director of both Marine and Aviation Operations and the Commissioned Officer Corps for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2004 to 2007, has joined Dawson & Associates as a Senior Advisor.   Founded in 1997, Dawson & Associates is the nation's premier government relations and public affairs firm for water and natural resource environmental permitting.  The company includes more than 30 former federal and state officials, including former Members of Congress John Myers and Sonny Callahan.   As director of NOAA's Marine and Aviation Operations and the Commissioned Officer Corps,... (read more)
2008-04-17 02:32:00

TRANSAS and IIG Creating Strategic Alliance

TRANSAS, Russia, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Industrial Investors Group (IIG), which also will be a shareholder of TRANSAS. Industrial Investors Group (IIG) acquired 25%+1 share in TRANSAS with the total transaction amount equalling USD50 million. This deal has brought the intellectual potential and technological leadership of TRANSAS together with IIG's management expertise, strategic insight and financial resources.   This alliance provides TRANSAS with the potential to strengthen its international positions in avionics, aircraft simulators, unmanned aircraft, and virtual reality entertainment systems. At the same time the partnership would also contribute to further development of TRANSAS traditional... (read more)
2011-11-14 12:21:46
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