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Bluefin Develops Deep Sea Docking Stations
A network of re-charge stations will support extended underwater missions
By RBR Staff


With the adoption of AUV technology becoming more widespread, the limitations of the technology are being explored and addressed. Like most robots, the unmanned mechanisms contain batteries that require regular recharging. (Even solar-powered robots capable of submerging must surface periodically for an energy boost.)

The average charge lasts about 24-hours on an underwater AUV, but the Navy now wants to deploy them for the kinds of 60-day missions that some unmanned aerial systems are equipped to undertake.

As a result, Bluefin Robotics researchers are developing an underwater docking station that can sit on the ocean floor. It’s no surprise that…

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