Posted by Donny Jover

Christopher Neal1, Jacob Bock2, Jeremy Stark3


A tactical remotely controlled surveillance submarine is a novel solution for jobs involving dangerous underwater conditions. Divers in aquatic conditions are subjected to conditions that could pose serious dangers; these risks to human life could be avoided completely by substituting a remotely controlled machine for video surveillance (other sensors which could be easily added through serial communication interfaces contained internally or positioned outside of the submarine). By using internal batteries to power the device and tethered communication to the surface of a water environment, video and other sensor data can be remotely sent and the device can be controlled by a remote computer, with the operator out of any danger posed by the aquatic conditions. By choosing readily available commercial products and common materials, such as PVC tubing for a submarine body, the machine can be kept at a low material cost and can achieve financial viability as replacement for people in dangerous conditions. Extensibility can be maintained through sensors that can be added through serial interfaces connecting into multiple microprocessors inside the submarine, so that in future designs or as needed by new applications, more observational possibilities can be added. Autonomous control can be developed in future models of the original design of the Go-Go Gadget submarine by implementing a sonar network and developing and troubleshooting an autonomous control algorithm for the submarine. The proof-of-concept design in the present paper can be remotely operated through a tethered control, can send and receive communications and directions, and can remotely deliver information about the submerged environment.

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