During the period of the 13th five-year plan, HEU is leading and undertaking the crucial technology research in autonomous underwater vehicles of total sea depth: a special project related to underwater crucial technology and equipment in the national key research plan. HEU will design the first integration verification system of an autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean. On November 23, 2017, the launching conference was held at HEU, which marked the start of the project. At present, the project has been fully launched.
At the launching conference, experts in relevant fields from the Institute of Information Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ABB China Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and other institutions listened to reports on the project overview, preliminary scheme, overall plan and so on and inquired and debated about the technical schemes deadlines, evaluation index, management plan, the share of intelligent property and achievements and other aspects. Over 30 leaders of tasks and the backbone experts of projects from the participating units of the project attended the conference.
The crucial technology research focused on autonomous underwater vehicles of total sea depth aims to meet the standards set by the Chinese deep-sea scientific research, especially the standard of scientific research to explore extremely deep sea levels, make break-throughs in crucial technology including the danger perception and the independent decision-making of extremely deep autonomous underwater vehicles, apply a submersible pressure shell in the deep sea, two-way high speed long-distant underwater acoustic communication, single-flash beacon underwater acoustic positioning technology, design an integration verification system of autonomous underwater vehicles of total sea depth and complete the 11,000-meter-deep underwater experiment in the Mariana Trench. Currently there are no precedents of autonomous underwater vehicles exploration and operation in the range of total sea depth. This project will provide important technology support for exploration, scientific research and scientific investigation covering total sea depth.
This project is led by Professor LI Ye, vice director of Underwater Robot Technology Key Laboratory at HEU. This project will be completed by the joint research of Shenyang Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Deep-Sea Base Management Center, Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Sciences and HEU. HEU has technology advantages in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles. Under the efforts of several generations of old, middle-aged and young scientific researchers, HEU has made remarkable achievements in the areas of fundamental research, crucial technology, and equipment design, and has received wide-range recognition both at home and abroad.
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