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ENDURUNS: An Integrated and Flexible Approach for Seabed Survey Through Autonomous Mobile Vehicles

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Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), 19032 La Spezia, Italy
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Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), 80122 Naples, Italy
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On AIR s.r.l., Via Carlo Barabino 26, 16129 Genova, Italy
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Space Applications Services NV/SA, Leuvensesteenweg 325, 1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Brussels Area, Belgium
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ETSI Industriales, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Campus Universitario s/n, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Tuco Group ApS, Krogsbjergvej 2, DK-5600 Faaborg, Denmark
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Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Arsenale-Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia, Italy
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Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
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HysyTech s.r.l. Strada del Drosso, 33-18, 10135 Torino, Italy
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COMEX, 36 Boulevard des Oceans, 13009 Marseille, France
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Graal Tech S.r.l., Via Tagliolini 26, 16152 Genova, Italy
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Engitec Systems International Limited, 143 Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue Chrysanthou Business C, Limassol 3083, Cyprus
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School of Electronics Engineering, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehakro, Bukgu, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Z-GROUP, Apostolos Pavlou 9 Neo Irakleio, 141 22 Athens, Greece
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National Centre for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS”, Patriarchou Grigoriou E and 27 Neapoleos street, 153 41 Agia Paraskevi, Greece
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ALTUS-LSA, Renieri 9, 731 00 Chania, Greece
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School of Metallurgy and Materials, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(9), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8090633
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 16 July 2020 / Accepted: 15 August 2020 / Published: 20 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Marine Vehicles)
The oceans cover more than two-thirds of the planet, representing the vastest part of natural resources. Nevertheless, only a fraction of the ocean depths has been explored. Within this context, this article presents the H2020 ENDURUNS project that describes a novel scientific and technological approach for prolonged underwater autonomous operations of seabed survey activities, either in the deep ocean or in coastal areas. The proposed approach combines a hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle capable of moving using either thrusters or as a sea glider, combined with an Unmanned Surface Vehicle equipped with satellite communication facilities for interaction with a land station. Both vehicles are equipped with energy packs that combine hydrogen fuel cells and Li-ion batteries to provide extended duration of the survey operations. The Unmanned Surface Vehicle employs photovoltaic panels to increase the autonomy of the vehicle. Since these missions generate a large amount of data, both vehicles are equipped with onboard Central Processing units capable of executing data analysis and compression algorithms for the semantic classification and transmission of the acquired data. View Full-Text
Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicles; unmanned surface vehicles; seabed survey; habitat mapping; autonomous ocean monitoring autonomous underwater vehicles; unmanned surface vehicles; seabed survey; habitat mapping; autonomous ocean monitoring
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Marini, S.; Gjeci, N.; Govindaraj, S.; But, A.; Sportich, B.; Ottaviani, E.; Márquez, F.P.G.; Bernalte Sanchez, P.J.; Pedersen, J.; Clausen, C.V.; Madricardo, F.; Foglini, F.; Bonofiglio, F.; Barbieri, L.; Antonini, M.; Montenegro Camacho, Y.S.; Weiss, P.; Nowak, K.; Peer, M.; Gobert, T.; Turetta, A.; Chatzidouros, E.; Lee, D.; Zarras, D.; Steriotis, T.; Charalambopoulou, G.; Yamas, T.; Papaelias, M. ENDURUNS: An Integrated and Flexible Approach for Seabed Survey Through Autonomous Mobile Vehicles. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 633. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8090633

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Marini S, Gjeci N, Govindaraj S, But A, Sportich B, Ottaviani E, Márquez FPG, Bernalte Sanchez PJ, Pedersen J, Clausen CV, Madricardo F, Foglini F, Bonofiglio F, Barbieri L, Antonini M, Montenegro Camacho YS, Weiss P, Nowak K, Peer M, Gobert T, Turetta A, Chatzidouros E, Lee D, Zarras D, Steriotis T, Charalambopoulou G, Yamas T, Papaelias M. ENDURUNS: An Integrated and Flexible Approach for Seabed Survey Through Autonomous Mobile Vehicles. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2020; 8(9):633. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8090633

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Marini, Simone, Nikolla Gjeci, Shashank Govindaraj, Alexandru But, Benjamin Sportich, Ennio Ottaviani, Fausto P.G. Márquez, Pedro J. Bernalte Sanchez, Jonas Pedersen, Casper V. Clausen, Fantina Madricardo, Fedeirca Foglini, Federico Bonofiglio, Laura Barbieri, Massimiliano Antonini, Yeidy S. Montenegro Camacho, Peter Weiss, Kathrin Nowak, Makthoum Peer, Thibaud Gobert, Alessio Turetta, Elias Chatzidouros, Dongik Lee, Dimitris Zarras, Theodore Steriotis, Georgia Charalambopoulou, Thanos Yamas, and Mayorkinos Papaelias. 2020. "ENDURUNS: An Integrated and Flexible Approach for Seabed Survey Through Autonomous Mobile Vehicles" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, no. 9: 633. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8090633

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