The SEAHORSE AUV, developed by Penn State University, is the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command's (www.cnmoc.narg.mil) modular autonomous underwater vehicle that gathers side-scan images of the ocean bottom, ocean current data using acoustic Doppler current profilers, water-column temperature and salinity, and bathymetry. More than 9,000 alkaline D-cell batteries power the AUV to last over 90 hours and more than 300 miles. Based on commercial off-the-shelf technology to simplify maintenance at sea, the SEAHORSE works autonomously.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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