WTEC panel report on research submersibles and undersea technologies
- Seymore, Richard J.
- Jun 1, 1994.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Gentry, Larry L., Kalvaitis, Algis N., Mooney, Brad, Lee, Michael J., Brancart, Claude P., Blidberg, D. Richard, and Walsh, Don
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
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- This report covers research submersibles and related subsea technologies in Finland, France, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Manned, teleoperated, and autonomous submersibles were of interest. The panel found that, in contrast to the United States, Europe is making substantial progress in cooperative and coordinated research in subsea technology, including the development of standards. France is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology. Because much less was known a priori about the technologies in Russia and Ukraine, there were more new findings in those countries than in those Western European nations visited. However, Russia and Ukraine have a sizeable (and currently underutilized) infrastructure in this field, including a highly educated and experienced manpower pool, impressive (in some cases unique) facilities for physical testing, extensive fleets of seagoing research vessels capable of long voyages, and state-of-the-art facilities for conducting oceanographic investigations. The panel visited newly-formed commercial companies associated with long-standing submersible R&D and production centers in Russia and Ukraine. So far, these new efforts are undercapitalized, and as such represent opportunities at very low cost for Western nations, as detailed in the site reports.
- Other Subject(s):
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19950021488.
Accession ID: 95N27909.
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