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.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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