DEEP SUBMERGENCE NAVIGATION

Joseph A. Cestone

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: To meet the challenging requirements fo new undersea vehicles that Navy has under development a new breed of systems for navigation and control. These represent a significnt size and weight reduction over the large navigation systems developed for submarines and incorporates the use of a variety of navigation sensors such as underwater transponders, a doppler sonar, an underwater transponders, a doppler sonar an altitude/depth sonar and a miniature precision inertial platform. These systems form an integrated navigation suit which is adaptable for use as an accurate deadreckoning system, and for precise sea-floor referenced navigation from acoustic transponders. The development also encompasses a six degree of freedom control system for both manual and automatic positioning of a submersible to an accuracy of a few inches. This will be required for mating with submarines or other underwater work tasks in the presence of ocean currents during rescue, search and recovery missions. Preliminary navigation tests using the ALUMINAUT, equipped for both doppler and transponder navigation, are quite promising.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 15, Number 1
Pages: 2 - 15
Cite this article: Cestone, Joseph A., "DEEP SUBMERGENCE NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 15, No. 1, Spring 1968, pp. 2-15.
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