Accession Number : ADD017770

Title :   Apparatus for Interconnecting an Underwater Vehicle and a Free Floating Communication POD.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, filed 19 Sep 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Barron, Thomas D

PDF Url : ADD017770

Report Date : 19 Sep 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Apparatus for interconnecting an unmanned underwater vehicle and a free-floating communications pod includes a communications cable depending from the pod and extending to a buoy of less buoyancy than the pod, such that the cable carries communication signals between the pod and the buoy and extends generally vertically in a column of water between the pod and the buoy, the buoy being in communication with a distal station. The apparatus further includes a mobile unmanned underwater vehicle having therein guidance means for directing the vehicle to the cable, the vehicle being in communication with a control vessel, connector means mounted in a nose portion of the vehicle and adapted to intercept the cable, the connector means being further adapted to permit the cable to slide therethrough as the vehicle continues movement after the intercept of the cable, and complementary alignment means on the vehicle and the pod adapted to cause the vehicle to engage the pod in a preselected orientation and azimuth, with the communication components of the UUV and pod in alignment, whereby to place the control vessel in communication with the distal station. (KAR) p. 12

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *INTERFACES, *COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, *UNMANNED, *UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROL, WATER, INTERCEPTION, CABLES, TRANSMISSION LINES, ALIGNMENT, SIGNALS, MOBILE, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, VEHICLES, FREE STREAM, NOSES, BUOYANCY, FLOATING BODIES, BUOYS

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE