An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Centre, which serves as a nodal point for development of AUVs, was inaugurated at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory on Wednesday by AUV project director Cmde N Banerjee.
AUVs are robotic systems capable of carrying payloads (instruments, sensors or weapons). These are a new class of intelligent underwater vehicles operable without human supervision that can undertake survey, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Development of such vessels requires inter-disciplinary efforts in the fields of hydrodynamics, control and guidance, battery technologies, propulsion, materials, computation, miniature hardware, acoustics, radio communications and vision systems. Banerjee lauded NSTL's efforts to develop world-class AUVs and exuded confidence that it (NSTL) would reach greater heights in fields related to naval science.
NSTL director V Bhujanga Rao said the AUV Centre was built at a cost of Rs 1.67 crore. It has a large assembly bay to enable the assembly of AUVs and houses a robotic lab, a control and propulsion lab, and a testing and tuning lab. Additional chief of construction (R&D), South, Govindarajan was present.
AUVs are robotic systems capable of carrying payloads.
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