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Diver-based integrated navigation/sonar sensor
Author(s): Keith H. Lent
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Paper Abstract

Two diver based systems, the Small Object Locating Sonar (SOLS) and the Integrated Navigation and Sonar Sensor (INSS) have been developed at Applied Research Laboratories, the University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT). They are small and easy to use systems that allow a diver to: detect, classify, and identify underwater objects; render large sector visual images; and track, map and reacquire diver location, diver path, and target locations. The INSS hardware consists of a unique, simple, single beam high resolution sonar, an acoustic navigation systems, an electronic depth gauge, compass, and GPS and RF interfaces, all integrated with a standard 486 based PC. These diver sonars have been evaluated by the very shallow water mine countermeasure detachment since spring 1997. Results are very positive, showing significantly greater capabilities than current diver held systems. For example, the detection ranges are increased over existing systems, and the system allows the divers to classify mines at a significant stand off range. As a result, the INSS design has been chosen for acquisition as the next generation diver navigation and sonar system. The EDMs for this system will be designed and built by ARL:UT during 1998 and 1999 with production planned in 2000.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3711, Information Systems for Navy Divers and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Operating in Very Shallow Water and Surf Zone Regions, (23 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354662
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Keith H. Lent, Applied Research Labs. and Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3711:
Information Systems for Navy Divers and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Operating in Very Shallow Water and Surf Zone Regions
Jody L. Wood-Putnam, Editor(s)

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