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Paper Title: Underwater Gliders ­ Developments and Naval Applications



Amit Ray, S N Singh and V Seshadri, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India


Underwater Gliders are a class of AUVs that are characterized by use of a buoyancy change engine as the primary propulsion mechanism. Buoyancy-driven Gliders follow a saw-tooth pattern across the ocean depths, periodically transmitting the data collected by on-board sensors. Gliders developed and deployed have small size, long endurance, low speed and low cost. Although intended for oceanographic studies, the potential applications for these vehicles are extensive. This paper surveys the technological development of Underwater Gliders and describes their possible applications for a spectrum of naval roles.


Transactions RINA, Vol 154, Part B1, International Journal of Small Craft Technology, Jan-Jun 2012 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijsct.2012.b1.123 

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