Prototype of the autonomous mooring system attached to an acoustic payload. The mooring system includes an intelligent mooring spool, a combination anchor/air brake and a flotation buoy.
Close-up view of several autonomous mooring systems (without parachutes) attached to acoustic payloads that are developed for military and scientific uses.
June 26, 2007 Both military and scientific missions stand to benefit from a new rapidly-deployable and autonomous mooring buoy system developed by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Lockheed Martin. Capable of being launched from air or sea, the system can self-moor in various bottom types - including sand, mud or rock - to depths of between 30 and 650 feet and has applications ranging from submarine detection to the collection of meteorological and oceanographic measurements.
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