SEAFLOOR NAVIGATION FOR DEEP SUBMERGENCE VEHICLES

Roswell F. Busby and William E. Hart

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Abstract: THE NECESSITY for a highly accurate, reliable, and repeatable navigation system for a Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) is unquestionably evident. There are many physical problems to consider and many possible approaches to a solution to these problems. The most significant however is to produce a practical system that can be put into operation now. We have tested and can propose one such system; the “UNIGATOR.” Navigation requirements for DSVs lead to three distinct groups into which most proposed navigation systems can be placed: (1) Surface Positioning Systems, (2) Mid-Depth Positioning Systems (i.e.., when the submersible has lost visual contact with the surface and is not within visible range of the bottom), and (3) Bottom Positioning Systems. The first of these groups will include the variety of methods based on radio aids to navigation, which will be used to position a surface platform. In turn, the DSV must then be positioned relative to the surface platform.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 13, Number 2
Pages: 141 - 145
Cite this article: Busby, Roswell F., Hart, William E., "SEAFLOOR NAVIGATION FOR DEEP SUBMERGENCE VEHICLES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 1966, pp. 141-145.
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