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A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles to locate flight 447

Blanco, Max (2010) A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles to locate flight 447 At 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Artic Engineering OMAE 2010, China. 06 - 11 Jun 2010. 9 pp.

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Abstract

The recent accident of Flight 447 in the mid-Atlantic serves as backdrop to this document. An introduction is made to the field of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and the present limitations therein. The actual search failed to locate the "black-box" recorder beacons. Some background is given to explain the reasons for this failure.

A proposal results for developments to 2012 in this field to improve the location and recovery of the emergency beacons. A contemporary survey-class AUV would require to exhaustively search the one degree squared search area more than one year, whereas a black box is capable of audio emissions for only 30 days. The number of AUVs necessary to ensure the search succeeds is 16, with five days preparatory allowance. Some significant logistical hurdles such as shipment to the search area are addressed. A solution for the problem of battery recharge, which hinders the contemporary search, is proposed.

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Published date: 7 June 2010
Venue - Dates: 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Artic Engineering OMAE 2010, China, 2010-06-06 - 2010-06-11
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group

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Local EPrints ID: 160913
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/160913
PURE UUID: c4b21fc2-2f3b-4cf2-8655-40f2bfed4951

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Date deposited: 21 Jul 2010 12:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:34

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Author: Max Blanco

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