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Underwater Acoustic Navigation with the WHOI Micro-Modem

By S. Singh, M. Grund, B. Bingham, Ryan M. Eustice, H. Singh and L. Freitag


The WHOI Micro-Modem is a compact, low-power acoustic transceiver that can provide both acoustic telemetry and navigation. Its size and versatility make it ideal for integration in autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The modem supports the use of both broadband and narrowband transponders for long baseline navigation systems, has a modem-to-modem ranging capability, and can be configured to provide synchronous oneway ranging, when integrated with a precision clock. This paper gives an overview of the different navigation systems supported by the Micromodem and presents the results from field tests conducted on the SeaBED AUV in deployments in Greece, the Bluefin AUV, and whale localizations in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary

Publisher: IEEE
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1109/OCEANS.2006.306853
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