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ALERT 21 Underwater Glider Design and Prototyping of the ALERT 21 Underwater Glider

The ALERT 21 Underwater Glider is an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) built for a plethora of ocean exploration and monitoring applications. The ALERT 21 is designed with power efficiency in mind, this will allow for longer deployment times and / or more frequently sampled data which will provide a better picture of what is being monitored.

Utilizing a buoyancy engine to glide through the water enables for this power efficient operation. Which only uses power at the summit and valley of each glide cycle. Additionally, with articulating wings the ALERT 21 can achieve very shallow glide angles. This reduces the gliders friction though the water, which greatly improves the glider’s ability to traverse long distances without consuming much power.

 

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