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MEMS enablement and analysis of the Miniature Autonomous Submersible Explorer

MEMS enablement and analysis of the Miniature Autonomous Submersible Explorer
MEMS enablement and analysis of the Miniature Autonomous Submersible Explorer
The miniature autonomous submersible explorer (MASE) was designed as a vehicle for astrobiology science by Behar et al. [1]. This paper focuses on the MASE concept and extrapolates a future design based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), multifunctional microsystems (MMS), and three-dimensional multichip modules (3-D-MCM). Miniaturization of the electronics increases the payload volumes and power capabilities significantly and this is the main rationale for pursuing extreme miniaturization. The original MASE vehicle accommodated 1–2 instruments while the MEMS enhanced miniature autonomous submersible explorer (MEMSEMASE) accommodates up to six instruments. It is shown that the occupied area of the electronics components is reduced eight times, and the volume 25 times. The vehicle is shaped as a tube with 5 cm in diameter and 20 cm in length and can support 8 W continuously over 5 h. The maximum range is 25 km while the typical onboard instrumentation is conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD), and a high resolution camera. An optical fiber is used for bidirectional communication with the vessel. The goal of this enriched concept is to present an extremely miniaturized submersible design. The vehicle volume is defined to fit inside host vehicles with the goal of future deployment on Europa, oceans on Earth, and bore holes. The paper will focus on showing how electronics can be densely packed into micromachined silicon modules and how these can be designed and interconnected theoretically.
Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microrobot, optical fiber
0364-9059
165-178
Bruhn, F.C.
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Carsey, F.D.
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Kohler, J.
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Mowlem, M.
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German, C.R.
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Bruhn, F.C., Carsey, F.D., Kohler, J., Mowlem, M., German, C.R. and Behar, A.E. (2005) MEMS enablement and analysis of the Miniature Autonomous Submersible Explorer. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 30 (1), 165-178. (doi:10.1109/JOE.2004.836420).

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The miniature autonomous submersible explorer (MASE) was designed as a vehicle for astrobiology science by Behar et al. [1]. This paper focuses on the MASE concept and extrapolates a future design based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), multifunctional microsystems (MMS), and three-dimensional multichip modules (3-D-MCM). Miniaturization of the electronics increases the payload volumes and power capabilities significantly and this is the main rationale for pursuing extreme miniaturization. The original MASE vehicle accommodated 1–2 instruments while the MEMS enhanced miniature autonomous submersible explorer (MEMSEMASE) accommodates up to six instruments. It is shown that the occupied area of the electronics components is reduced eight times, and the volume 25 times. The vehicle is shaped as a tube with 5 cm in diameter and 20 cm in length and can support 8 W continuously over 5 h. The maximum range is 25 km while the typical onboard instrumentation is conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD), and a high resolution camera. An optical fiber is used for bidirectional communication with the vessel. The goal of this enriched concept is to present an extremely miniaturized submersible design. The vehicle volume is defined to fit inside host vehicles with the goal of future deployment on Europa, oceans on Earth, and bore holes. The paper will focus on showing how electronics can be densely packed into micromachined silicon modules and how these can be designed and interconnected theoretically.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microrobot, optical fiber

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Local EPrints ID: 23977
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/23977
ISSN: 0364-9059
PURE UUID: ef842556-8826-4615-8ab6-7865d478bbc6

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:15

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Author: F.C. Bruhn
Author: F.D. Carsey
Author: J. Kohler
Author: M. Mowlem
Author: C.R. German
Author: A.E. Behar

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