Undersea Warfare Center AUV Project
October 2004 the sanctuary, in partnership with the Naval Undersea
Warfare Center - Newport Division (NUWC), the National Undersea
Research Center at the University of Connecticut (NURC-UConn),
and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration conducted an autonomous
underwater vehicle (AUV) survey of the 5-masted coal schooner
Paul Palmer. The project sought to evaluate the AUV's ability
to image a shipwreck with three video cameras oriented down, port,
and starboard. During the project, researchers programmed the
vehicle to run transects along the shipwreck's length.
used a small inflatable to launch and recover the NUWC AUV.
University of Connecticut's R/V
Connecticut served as the project's home base.
each mission, researchers downloaded the mission video and
charged the vehicle's
launched, the AUV descended to the seafloor and ran transects
at a specific altitude. The project deployed the AUV 3 times
over two days; each time testing different mission profiles.
After the research cruise returned to port, FortKey LTD.
converted the down facing video into a plan view site photomosaic
and the starboard video into a profile photomosaic. The
photomosaics will be used for sanctuary management and interpretation.
more information on the schooner Paul Palmer click here.
Resources and Links
National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut
Undersea Warfare Center - Newport