Accession Number : ADD018315

Title :   Station Keeping Buoy System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 28 Jul 95, patented 26 Nov 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Juselis, Gregory J

Report Date : 26 Nov 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The present invention relates to a buoy system capable of maintaining a buoy in a fixed position on the ocean or another body of water without the use of an anchoring device. The buoy system includes a navigation control system for determining the position of the buoy relative to a desired station and a propulsion system for maneuvering the buoy to and maintaining it at the desired location or station. The navigation system receives positional information from a global positioning system antenna, and a compass. The propulsion system on the buoy may be formed by one or more thrusters.

Descriptors :   *SONOBUOYS, *PATENTS, DIRECTION FINDING, DRIFT, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, DATA LINKS, THRUSTERS, BOAT AND SHIP SAFETY, BUOYANCY, SURFACE NAVIGATION, ACOUSTIC TRACKING, SELF PROPELLED, STATIONKEEPING

Subject Categories : Acoustic Detection and Detectors
      Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE