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  1. Undersea company that found Air France 447 black boxes buys unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from Bluefin Robotics

    Posted by John Keller QUINCY, Mass., 31 May 2012. Marine services contractor Phoenix International Holdings Inc. in Largo, Md., needed an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for underwater engineering and deep-ocean search and recovery . They found their solution from Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass. Phoenix bought a Bluefin-21 UUV from Bluefin Robotics to help the company with its undersea survey and search operations. Phoenix International Holdings perhaps is best known for recovering both flight recorders from Air France 447 , the Airbus A330-200 widebody passenger jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago, killing all 228 aboard. The black boxes were located about 12,000 feet below the ocean's surface. Phoenix also participates in underwater operations involving oil and gas exploration and production, telecommunications, U.S. and foreign government work, academic and industrial research, and media. Its services include air and mixed gas diving, autonomous diving systems (ADS), and undersea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations to depths exceeding 6,000 meters sea water (MSW). Bluefin will deliver an off-the-shelf Bluefin-21 UUV rated to depths of nearly 5,000 feet, and may upgrade the UUV to depths of nearly 15,000 feet during the submersible's next availability. The Bluefin-21 is a modular UUV able to carry several kinds of sensors and payloads at once. Its design includes swappable payload sections and battery modules for reconfiguring its mission in the field. Operators can access subsystems quickly for rapid turnaround. Related stories -- Lynntech to develop prototype propulsion and power system for future long-endurance unmanned underwater vehicles -- Navy moves large, long-endurance UUV project forward with machine autonomy contract to Hydroid -- Bluefin-21 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to be heart Littoral Combat Ship's mine-warfare system . The UUV's dead-reckoning navigation drift typically is less than 0.1 percent of distance traveled. Target applications include detecting ocean mines and unexploded ordnance, as well as offshore survey, search and salvage, archaeology and exploration, and oceanography. The Bluefin-21 UUV is 16.2 feet long, 21 inches in diameter, and weighs 1,650 pounds. The unmanned undersea vehicle can operate to depths as deep as 14,763 feet, and can operate for as long as 25 hours between battery recharges. The undersea vehicle can store as much as 13.5 kilowatt-hours of energy in nine 1.5-kilowatt-hour batter packs. Powering the Bluefin-21 is a gimbaled ducted thruster, and navigation comes from inertial navigation, remote operation, and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation. The UUV has an integrated GPS, radio-frequency, Iridium, and strobe antenna, and communicates with operators via radio frequency links, Iridium satellite communications, and acoustic communications systems. The Bluefin-21 data capability includes a four-gigabyte flash drive for vehicle data storage. Standard payloads include the EdgeTech 2200-M 120/410 kHz side-scan sonar, EdgeTech DW-216 sub-bottom profiler, and Reson 7125 400 kHz multibeam echosounder. For more information contact Bluefin Robotics online at www.bluefinrobotics.com , or Phoenix International Holdings at www.phnx-international.com . Follow Military & Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Intelligence news updates on Twitter

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    Thu, 31 May 2012

  2. Paris Show expectations

    PARIS AIR SHOW REPORT BLOG: 17 June 2011. Expectations for the Paris Air Show next week are positive as the market returns from its doldrums of the last couple years.  The mood at the Paris Air Show two years ago was bit gloomy as the Air France crash over the Atlantic was still fresh and the small ...

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    Fri, 17 Jun 2011

  3. Bluefin-21 UUV set this week to make another deep dive in efforts to locate missing Malaysia 370

    ORLANDO, Fla., 14 May 2014. A deep-diving unmanned submarine designed by a Massachusetts company is set to make another attempt to locate the disappeared Malaysia Flight 370 Boeing 777 jumbo jet that disappeared in early March with 239 people on board and presumed lost.

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    Wed, 14 May 2014

  4. Ocean researchers at China's SOA choose multibeam echo sounder from Atlas Hydrographic

    BREMEN, Germany, 14 Jan. 2014. Ocean researchers at the State Oceanographic Administration (SOA) in Xiamen, China, needed a multibeam echo sounder to conduct hydrographic surveying in oceans deeper than 6,000 feet. They found their solution from Atlas Hydrographic GmbH in Bremen, Germany.

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    Tue, 14 Jan 2014

  1. Research work picks up to develop tomorrow's unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs)

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  2. Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) research pulls into the fast lane, led by ONR contracts

    THE MIL & AERO VIDEO BLOG, 4 June 2012. The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., is leading the charge to develop a new generation of large, long-endurance unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for conducing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions of hostile ...

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    Mon, 4 Jun 2012

  3. Navy looks to Bluefin for enhanced UUV technology to inspect hulls of ships at anchor

    ARLINGTON, Va., 26 Feb. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers needed improvements to a hovering unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to continue investigations in untethered inspection of ship hulls below the water line. They found their solution from Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass.

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    Tue, 26 Feb 2013

  4. Airbus/Boeing airplane orders to be heated contest at Paris Air Show with Airbus winning, says Frost & Sullivan analyst

    PARIS, 18 June 2011. T here be heated contest this year at the Paris Air Show between Airbus and Boeing as to which company will announce the most airplane orders, says Diogenis Papiomytis, principal consultant at Frost & Sullivan. He says he expects the Paris Air Show to continue the early ...

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    Sat, 18 Jun 2011

  5. TRC Development To Show at Avionics Expo Europe

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands, October 27, 2003 . TRC Development will be exhibiting at Europe's aviation exhibition and conference: Avionics Expo Europe 2003 in Wiesbaden, Germany. The exhibition and conference takes place on November 20 and 21, 2003. TRC Development will show its product line of ...

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    Mon, 27 Oct 2003

  6. French air force taps Boeing for navigational upgrade to AWACS aircraft

    PARIS -- Leaders of the French air force are looking to the Boeing Co. in Seattle to install a global positioning inertial navigation system (GINS) capability into the mission system and flight deck of their four E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

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    Mon, 26 Feb 2001