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.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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