Navy scientists have developed a cost-effective, remotely-controlled, unmanned underwater vehicle that can transform into a buoy.
- Changes in buoyancy to propel the device can be achieved with a seawater piston, or with a temperature-sensitive oil-filled bladder that changes density based on water temperature and thus buoyancy (like a Slocum thermal glider)
- A rudder integrated with the stern of the UUV/buoy controls its yawing motion, and multiple fins generate lift to support horizontal movement during ascent or descent
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 10,322,782 from the Navy
- License fees paid to the Navy are negotiable
- Businesses that license the technology may have the opportunity to pursue collaborative research with the inventors
- Testing data may be available to companies evaluating the technology
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