Wave-Powered Unmanned Surface Vehicle as a Station-Keeping Gateway Node for Undersea Distributed Networks
Rochholz, Timothy W.
Rice, Joseph A.
Chung, Timothy H.
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By analyzing data from a long-duration deployment of four wave-powered unmanned surface vehicles called Wave Gliders, an assessment of operating characteristics informs the potential utility of the Wave Glider in an undersea distributed network as a replacement for a moored communications gateway buoy. Specifically, the wave-powered propulsion system is analyzed to assess endurance, operability, and application in an underwater distributed network as the gateway node. The results of the study serve to identify the parameters for an experiment designed to test the Wave Glider as a station-keeping gateway node.
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