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Funding organisation(s): Ministry of Education and Research
Project coordinator organisation: Distretto Ligure delle Teconologie Marine (DLTM)
Project overall cost: 3855 kEUR
CNR Institute(s) involved: INSEAN, ISSIA
CNR scientific focal point: Stefano Zaghi
Project start date: 01.06.2012
Project duration: 42 months
CNR grant: 1330 kEUR
INSEAN grant: 674 kEUR
Costs coverage: 35%
Project description, objectives and results:
The high costs associated with the use of research oceanographic vessels and the maturity of the unmanned surface vehicles (USV), now make it possible to develop systems for monitoring coastal areas based on networks of independent USVs. In this framework, this project aims to develop a system based on USV units able to launch and recover autonomous vehicles of different nature (gliders, AUVs, motor-gliders, wire-guided ROVs), and able to acquire environmental data (in the column water from free-surface to the sea floor), in order to meet the requirements of civil and military applications. The cutting-edge aspects that characterize the USV developed are the hull SWATH type (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hulls) non-conventional, optimized so as to ensure an unique  seakeeping (= operation) and a reduced resistance (= autonomy), along with the propulsion system with propellers in mantle, developed to combine propulsive efficiency (= reduced installed power) and low noise (= higher efficiency in measurements).