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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Docking Concept Using 3D Imaging Sonar

Hiroshi Uchihori, Ikuo Yamamoto and Akihiro Morinaga

(Received July 1, 2019; Accepted September 10, 2019)

Keywords: AUV, ROV, underwater Docking, 3D imaging sonar

In this paper, we propose the concept of the underwater docking of an autonomous underwater ve-hicle (AUV) for power supply and data transfer to conduct the continuous operation of the AUV without launch and recovery operations. Our basic concept of docking has two features: the first is that 3D imaging sonar will be used for an AUV autonomous homing sensor and the second is an remotely operated vehicle (ROV) docking station, which has maneuvability to compensate for the homing error of the AUV. In this paper, we emphasize the concept using a 3D imaging sonar as a homing sensor on docking. The 3D imaging sonar has a potential for advanced AUV operation, and it will be a versatile “eye” of the AUV.

Corresponding author: Hiroshi Uchihori




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