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KCF Technologies, Inc. Smart Tether Positioning System for Relative Localization of Moored and Towed Bodies

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Smart Tether Positioning System for Relative Localization of Moored and Towed Bodies -  - KCF Technologies, Inc.
State College, PA, USA
Smart Tether Positioning System for Relative Localization of Moored and Towed Bodies
Smart Tether Positioning System for Relative Localization of Moored and Towed Bodies
KCF Technologies has developed a device to retrofit underwater vehicles and their tethers with an inexpensive yet robust sensing system to accurately predict positions relative to a surface-floating buoy or other underwater vehicle. The system derives the relative position using a robust tether-mounted sensor and a time-tracking position integrating algorithm. The key variables used to calculate the relative location are the absolute vector at several points on the tether, the depth (pressure) at specific tether points, and the time-history GPS position data. Installation requires only an external mounting bracket on the crawler, and no modification of the tether or buoy. Funding source: US Naval Sea Systems Command SBIR N04-T020

KCF Technologies has developed a device to retrofit underwater vehicles and their tethers with an inexpensive yet robust sensing system to accurately predict positions relative to a surface-floating buoy or other underwater vehicle. The system derives the relative position using a robust tether-mounted sensor and a time-tracking position integrating algorithm. The key variables used to calculate the relative location are the absolute vector at several points on the tether, the depth (pressure) at specific tether points, and the time-history GPS position data. Installation requires only an external mounting bracket on the crawler, and no modification of the tether or buoy.

Funding source: US Naval Sea Systems Command SBIR N04-T020

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Product Category Navigational Instruments
Product Name Smart Tether Positioning System for Relative Localization of Moored and Towed Bodies
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