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CNA Report Highlights ACM Port Capabilities

The Autonomous Coastal Monitor™ (ACM™) was highlighted in a recent report published by the CNA Corporation and presented at the AUVSI Xponential conference in San Diego, validating the craft’s capability to support harbor security, pollution control, and disaster recovery missions. The report, produced by the nonprofit research organization CNA, summarized the results of the two-year…
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Patent Granted for Device and Method for launching and recovering a UUV

This week Advanced Marine Vehicles, LLC received its first patent for the DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING AND RECOVERING AN UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLE, Patent No US 11,485,461 B2.  This device is a soft capture mechanism that can actively adapt to any shaped UUV during the capture process, which is a significant improvement over existing designs and methods that are designed for specific UUVs making it impossible to use the same device across a spectrum of varied vehicles and missions.  Additionally, this device makes the process of capturing a UUV easier than existing technology because a precise location over the UUV isn’t required for it to be effective.  This allows the user to operate this mechanism in a variety of sea states and headings further enhancing the operational profile of the mission.

Abstract: The device includes a gantry mounted on a recovery vehicle, a frame, and a shaft extending between the gantry and the frame and configured to vertically move the frame relative to the gantry. Attached to the frame are a plurality of rotatable arms movable between an opened position and a closed position. A first end of each arm is attached to the frame at a pivot. A flexible strap extends between each of the second ends of the arm and the frame. As the arms are moved to the closed position around the unmanned underwater vehicle, the straps will support the unmanned underwater vehicle.

We are excited to be delivering this capability to our clients!

ACM completes multi-sensor survey for NOAA

The Autonomous Coastal Monitor (ACM) successfully performed a week of surveys for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) on Aqua Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. The ACM, a green powered autonomous surface vehicle, captured 1 TB of data using several surface and subsurface sensors. Some of the sensors that were used included…
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AMV has been awarded a Phase III SBIR by NOAA for the Advanced Coastal Monitor (ACM) to conduct continuous marine surveys using a variety of sensors.  NOAA has selected our surface vehicle to capture marine and environmental data in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The ACM will operate autonomously employing a variable sensor package…
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