Accession Number : ADD011060

Title :   Quick Deployment Vehicle.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Stevens,A P ; De Matteo,J ; Beard,R M

Report Date : 13 Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A quick deployment vehicle (QDV) for implanting a transponder or beacon on the ocean bottom in an upright position exposed for receiving or transmitting acoustic signals. The vehicle includes a ballistic body of separable fore and aft sections. The fore section includes a core mass for penetrating the ocean sediment, and the aft section includes a beacon for signal transmission. A predetermined interval after impact, as determined by a programmed deceleration profile stored in memory, the sections will separate. The sensed deceleration of the vehicle is compared at predetermined intervals to the stored profile, and when the sensed level is less than the stored level, a squib is fired to separate the two sections. The aft section penetrates and remains exposed above the sediment, while the fore section further penetrates into the ocean bottom.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Underwater vehicles, *Earth penetrating devices, Sonar beacons, Transponders, Falling bodies, Ocean bottom, Vertical orientation, Rapid deployment, Underwater navigation

Subject Categories : Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE