US Patent No: 5,894,450

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Mobile underwater arrays

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An oceanographic sampling system includes two or more underwater vehicles disposed in an array and an array controller for controlling the array of underwater vehicles as data is acquired. Each underwater vehicle includes a propulsion system for moving the underwater vehicle independently of the other underwater vehicles, a sensor for sensing an ocean parameter and providing sensor data representative of the ocean parameter as the underwater vehicle moves, a navigation subsystem for determining position data representative of the position of the underwater vehicle as the sensor data is acquired and a synchronizing subsystem for time synchronizing the sensor data and the position data acquired by the underwater vehicle with sensor data and position data acquired by other underwater vehicles. The array of underwater vehicles may function as a large aperture phased array, and phased array analysis techniques may be applied to the time-synchronized sensor data and position data.

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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYCAMBRIDGE, MA3104

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bales, James W Brookline, MA 1 76
Bellingham, James G Norwood, MA 3 93
Schmidt, Henrik Norfolk, MA 4 88

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