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Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

It is an exciting time to be a science advisor in the Navy. I am fortunate to be assigned by the Office of Naval Research to Adm. Phillip Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, and work to identify and provide technical solutions to capability gaps currently facing our operational naval forces.   Office of Naval Research-Global sponsors 25 science advisors at naval commands around the world. Our job takes us to the front lines to understand challenges facing our Navy and Marine Corps, and to world-wide technology hotspots to foster relations and bring innovative solutions to Sailors and

Students Compete in Underwater Robotics Competition

Mathematics outreach program for the state of Hawaii. The Coast Guard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in conjunction with volunteers from across Hawaii hosted the Hawaii State SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge. The event is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Joint Venture in Education Forum, a partnership between the Department of Defense and state Department of Education. seaperch.org uscgnews.com  

SeeByte to Demo Three Autonomy Systems at Pax River

at the forefront of these developments. Attending the Pax River event is a great opportunity for us, not only to demonstrate our capabilities, but also to work closely with our clients to ensure SeeByte is well positioned to meet their future needs.”   Pax River is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and will involve 150 participants and 26 technology teams and unmanned systems to provide demonstrations of UUV technology.    

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Navy's Global Ocean Forecast System Goes Public

will benefit civilian interests and is an excellent example of the cutting edge research that is enabled through Navy sponsored investments.” The ability to operationally predict the ocean environment and provide this critical information had been developed within the Navy through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and NRL research and development (R&D) investments along with Oceanographer of the Navy investments resulting in the transition of systems to the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). The Navy has had requirements for predicting the ocean environment for its purposes including

Carol Armstrong, sponsor for the R/V Neil Armstrong , breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. Joining Carol on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, left, chief of naval research, Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

US Navy Adds New Research Vessel

Yesterday marked the christening of the U.S. Navy’s new state-of-the-art Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) scientific research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. According to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the newest research vessel will join its six-vessel research fleet next year. Each vesselis assigned to a U.S. oceanographic institution or university, and is operated by a 20-person university crew (up to 24 scientists can be accommodated on Neil Armstrong for research missions lasting up to a month).

Kongsberg to Commercialize Seaglider Technology

;s Center for Commercialization to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue the development of Seaglider technology. Seaglider is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) system developed at UW’s School of Oceanography and Applied Physics Laboratory with funding from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. Rather than using a propeller to move through the water, a Seaglider uses fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion. It can dive as deep as 1,000 meters and then ascend to the surface to communicate data on water

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Thales Sponsors Caltech Engineers in AUV Contest

the next generation of engineers with its sponsorship of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Robotics team’s entry into the 17th Annual International RoboSub competition. The event, cosponsored by the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, aims to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) by challenging new engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. The event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies. The Caltech team

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) 11-meter Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) during a training exercise conducted by Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, San Diego. The airborne launch shown here is not uncommon for such craft.  Landings are characterized by high-acceleration impacts that may be damaging to structure, mechanical and electrical systems, and people. (U.S. Navy photo)

U.S. Navy: New Software to Analyze Accelerations on High-speed Boats

the government, industry and academia a standardized method of analyzing data that is expected to improve high-speed craft design. The Standard G software uses a physics-based approach to analyze data recorded during wave-impact testing on watercraft and was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. "Prior to this research, the complex nature of collecting, processing and analyzing [this] data, as well as the subjectivity that existed at various stages of data processing, resulted in numbers

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, discusses game-changing technology for the warfighter during a keynote address at the 28th Annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium. The Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Chief of Naval Research Helps Steer New Tech for the Fleet

days at the University of Notre Dame. “When I graduated from Notre Dame 30 years ago, many of the things that the Navy had in the ‘petri dish’ back then, so to speak, are being used today throughout the fleet,” said Winter. “The big questions we ask daily at the Office of Naval Research [ONR] are ‘What’s in the petri dish now?’ and ‘How can we be better about developing tomorrow’s technology for our Sailors and Marines?’ ” On Jan. 13, Winter gave the keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 28th Annual Symposium

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Navy Grant Aids Indian Ocean Oceanographic Research

The US Navy's Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announce a financial grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions-crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making.
 The project, in collaboration with Kenyan and Indian scientific organizations,
 is intended to improve understanding of conditions in the Indian Ocean, including validating satellite data on salinity, or salt, levels. Confirming satellite findings with actual field-level research is an area scientists have deemed essential to improving the

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Subsea GofM Acoustic Experiments Begin

US Naval Surface Warfare Center with Office of Naval Research (ONR) &  academia, is participating in a multi-country, acoustic scattering experiment in the Gulf of Mexico until June 2013.
 The test event dubbed TREX is a Target Reverberation Experiment with the key objective to understand how undersea environments impact the acoustic signature of a target. 

The collected data will be compared to sophisticated, physic-based, propagation and target scattering models. TREX is also being referred to as Gulf of Mexico Exercise 2013, or GULFEX13.
 "TREX will be conducted with support from

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, is briefed on the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar (ACERM) during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) awareness day. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Big Data, 3D Printing and Robots

Marine Corps Commandant Touts ONR S&T       Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) Gen. Robert B. Neller recently visited the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to get a close-up look at some of the latest technologies being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps—from autonomous systems to virtual reality training devices.   During his visit, Neller met with Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter, as well as department heads and program officers, and expressed his appreciation for the science and technology being designed for the future force.   “The

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MTR100: MRV Systems LLC

of the United States commitment to provide replacement autonomous profiling floats to the Argo program. MRV also provides profiling floats to the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. MRV has research and development contracts with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to support their scientific and military needs. Email: [email protected] www.mrvsys.com (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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US Navy Strengthens Battlespace Situational Awareness

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded BAE Systems an $11 million contract to develop next-generation electronic warfare (EW) technology that will quickly detect, locate, and identify emitters of radio frequency signals.   Known as the Full-Spectrum Staring Receiver (FSSR), this technology will enable near-instantaneous battlespace situational awareness, emitter identification and tracking, threat warning and countermeasure and weapon cueing. Conventional situational awareness systems are not able to deliver the high level of coverage and responsiveness that FSSR will provide.   

Training Workshop: Robotic and Autonomous Systems

communications.   Along with providing background on planning shipboard field work, how to request research vessel time and mechanics of leading a research cruise, the 2015 UNOLS Robotic Platforms Chief Scientist Training Cruise, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), will focus attention on integration of robotic platforms, i.e. ROVs, AUVs and UAVs, into the training cruise.   While there will be platforms provided, UNOLS said participants are encouraged to bring their own platforms and systems, providing an opportunity for participants

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Makai Continues Energy Research in Hawaii

Makai Ocean Engineering has received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii, which is the largest OTEC research facility in the world. OTEC holds great promise because the tropical ocean is earth’s largest solar collector. According to Dr. Joseph Huang, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “If

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Makai to Continue OTEC Work in Hawaii

Makai Ocean Engineering has received a $3.6 million contract from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and the Office of Naval Research for research and design on the marine renewable energy known as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. Makai will perform this work at their Ocean Energy Research Center, located in Kona, Hawaii, which is the largest OTEC research facility in the world. OTEC holds great promise because the tropical ocean is earth’s largest solar collector. According to Dr. Joseph Huang, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “If

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