The US Navy is developing the first generation of oceanographic remotely controlled automation (ORCA). The mission of ORCA is cost-effective collection of routing survey data. Acting as a "force multiplier", the vehicle will address worldwide requirements for hydrographic surveys. The ORCA uses a semi-autonomous air- breathing vessel for sensor deployment. The vessel travels just beneath the surface using an above-water snorkel for its air intake and has active attitude control to minimize platform motion. With this design ORCA's stability matches that of much larger platforms (200+ feet), making it ideal for the collection of many forms of oceanographic data.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sea Technology, v 36 n 11, Nov 1995, p 25 [6 p, 1 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Bourgeois, B
    • Harris, M
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00718942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM